India Conducts Fifth Agni-5 Test-Launch

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On January 18, India conducted its fifth test launch of the nuclear-capable Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The missile was fired from a road-mobile launcher stationed in Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha State in eastern India, just before 10 a.m. (local time). It traveled over 4,800 km in approximately 19 minutes. According to India’s Ministry of Defense, “All objectives of the mission have been successfully met. This successful test of Agni-5 reaffirms the country’s indigenous missile capabilities and further strengthens our credible deterrence.” The Agni-V is a three-stage, solid-fueled, surface-to-surface missile with a reported range between 5,000-8,000 km. As several reports note, this latest test represents another step towards induction into India’s Strategic Forces Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile.