India Test Fires Agni-5 Ballistic Missile

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On June 3, India successfully test fired its Agni-5 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). The missile was launched over the Bay of Bengal from a TEL located off the coast of the eastern province of Odisha. The indigenously produced ICBM completed its 5,000 km test flight objective and successfully struck its target point, according to the Indian Ministry of Defense. The Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told Times of India the Agni-5 launch allowed the testing of multiple indigenously produced systems, including its warhead and engine and a micro inertial navigation system. The Agni-5 is a three stage, solid-fueled missile with an improved accuracy and shorter launch time over previous Agni series missiles. Its full operational range may be as far as 7,500 km. This marks the missile’s sixth test launch.