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In message to China, India tests Agni-V missile with 5,000 km range

The missile, which uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine, is capable of striking targets at ranges up to 5,000 kilometres with a very high degree of accuracy.

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New Delhi: India Wednesday successfully test-fired the Agni-5, a surface-to-surface ballistic missile that can accurately strike targets up to 5,000 km away, in what is being seen as a strong message to China.

The Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile was successfully launched from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, an official statement said.

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The missile, which uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine, is capable of striking targets at ranges up to 5,000 kilometres with a very high degree of accuracy.

An official statement stressed India’s commitment to ‘no first use’ policy.

“A successful launch of the Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile, Agni-5, was carried out on October 27, 2021 at approximately 1950 hrs from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha,” the official statement said.

“The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’,” the statement added.

The Agni-V is an Indian nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO).

The missile is a three-stage, road-mobile and solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile which can be transported by a truck and launched via a canister. With agency inputs

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