Second successful launch of Agni 5 Indian-made surface-to-surface intercontinental ballistic missile

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Sunday, September 15, 2013 10:53 AM
 
Second successful launch of Agni 5 Indian-made surface-to-surface intercontinental ballistic missile.
India’s Intercontinental surface to surface ballistic missile Agni 5 capable of delivering nuclear warhead with high precision, was successfully launched today, September 15, 2013, in a repeat of spectacular maiden launch last year."The launch window is between 6 and 9 am on Sunday. If the weather holds, it's all systems go. The final countdown has begun,'' said a DRDO scientist on Saturday evening.
     
India’s Intercontinental surface to surface ballistic missile Agni 5 capable of delivering nuclear warhead with high precision, was successfully launched today, September 15, 2013, in a repeat of spectacular maiden launch last year."The launch window is between 6 and 9 am on Sunday. If the weather holds, it's all systems go. The final countdown has begun,'' said a DRDO scientist on Saturday evening.
Indian-made surface-to-surface intercontinental ballistic missile Agni 5 test launch,
September 15, 2013.

     

A major milestone, this second successful test of Agni 5 has demonstrated the maturity, repeatability and robustness of the system, paving the way for initiation of productionisation and subsequent induction. The launch also clears the way for its canisterisation. The Agni 5 missile, in its operational form is designed to be stored and launched from the canister, enhancing its storage, operational readiness, transportability, response time and shelf life.

Agni-V is an intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India. It is part of the Agni series of missiles, one of the missile systems under the original Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

Earlier versions could reach old rival Pakistan and western China.

The Agni-V missile was first tested in April 2012. It is mostly domestically built and has a range of about 5,000 km.

Once the 17.5-metre tall Agni-V becomes fully operational, India will fully break into the super-exclusive ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) club of the US, Russia, China, France and the UK that wield such missiles. An ICBM is a missile that typically has a range over 5,500 km.

     
Video test launch Agni 5 intercontinental ballistic missile September 15, 2013.
 

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