New Delhi: India is likely to enter the
elite club of nations with Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile
(ICBM) capability as the over 5,000 km range Agni-5 missile
was expected to become a reality by next year.
"Work is progressing satisfactorily in the development of
Agni-5, which is expected to become a reality next year. With
this, DRDO would have given India a comprehensive indigenous
strategic capability, available with only a few nations of the
world," DRDO chief V K Saraswat said at the National
Technology Day awards function here.
Agni-5 will be the first canistered ballistic missile
with range of over 5,000 km into Indian inventory, bringing
possible military targets in the whole of China and Pakistan
within striking range. The missile is likely to be tested
early next year.
Missiles which are capable of being launched from
canisters can be fired from multiple platforms and are easily
Commenting on the Indian missile programme, Saraswat
said, "the success of Agni-3 and other tests have confirmed
India`s strategic deterrence capability, which could not have
been possible without the preceding developmental efforts in