Agni -5 is the fifth in the line of the Agni Missiles to strengthen the defence of the Indian armed forces. The missile was tested on April 19th in Odisha's Wheeler Island. It was the first occasion when India has test fired a three staged missile. Some of the new technologies used in this missile are ring laser gyroscope and accelerometer for navigation and guidance. The missile weighing 49000 kg will have to go through four or five other tests before it is declared fully operational. This might take duration of 2-3 years. Agni -5 has a strike range of around 5000 km. Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) of India Believes that Agni-5 range is just apt to meet the current security issues of the country and emergencies as and when they arise.
One of the positive advancements made in the development of Agni-5 is that it weighs only a kilogram more than the Agni-3, yet it has a lot better range than it. The missile can strike whole of Asia, the northern parts of China and around 70% of the Europe. The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was launched into the Indian Ocean at a pre designated target point. The missile has three staged solid engine with a length of 17.5 m and diameter of 2m.Last Updated on 4/19/2012