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Nuclear-powered Agni-V, with range of 5000 kms, to be test-fired tomorrow

Last Updated: Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 11:32

Zee Media Bureau/ Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: India will on Sunday test for the second time its longest-range Agni-V nuclear-capable missile.

The missile is crucial to India’s defence preparedness as it has the capability to hit targets deep inside China and Pakistan.

Scientists have already started gathering at the Inner Wheeler Island located at Bhadrak, some 200 kms from Odisha’s capital Bhubaneswar.

Officials said the test will carried out tomorrow if weather permits.

Indigenously developed Agni-V, with a range of over 5,000 kms, was first successfully test-fired from the same site on April 19 last year.

Officials said they are hopeful of a successful trial this time too.

The missile is currently going through a series of tests before being inducted into the armed forces.

The surface-to-surface missile is 17 metres long, two metres wide and weighs around 50 tonnes. It can carry a payload of about 1,500 kg.

Agni’s existing variants can hit targets at ranges of 700 km to 3,500 km.

First Published: Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 11:32
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