India has test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni V ballistic missile in its operational configuration to a range of around 5,000 km.
“We [India] have successfully launched nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni V today,” Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was quoted by the Asian News International (ANI) news agency as saying soon after the missile was launched on 18 January.
Official sources told Jane’s that this was the first test of the ballistic missile in its operational configuration following four successful developmental trials.
Capable of delivering a 1.5-tonne warhead, the Agni V, which was designed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), is an integral component of India’s three-stage retaliatory (no-first-use) strategic deterrent based on nuclear weapons deliverable by air, sea, and mobile land-based platforms.
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