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India test fires nuclear capable Agni-5 missile

The missile was test fired on Thursday from Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.

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New Delhi: Amid heightened tension with China at the LAC, India successfully test fired Agni- 5 intercontinental nuclear capable ballistic missile that has a notified operational range of 5,500 plus kilometers.

The missile was test fired on Thursday from Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.

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Several people in capital Cuttack as well as some other north eastern states posted videos of the missile travelling in the sky on social media.

With a lighter warhead, the Agni 5 missile can even travel upto 8000 kilometers keeping almost entire China within its striking range.

Calling it a ‘historical milestone’, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi wrote on Twitter that “The missile will add great value to the defense and strengthen national security to a greater extent as it can travel 5400+ plus kilometres.”

Agni-5 missile is equipped with compact avionics to ensure high level of reliability and precision.

It has the ability to guide itself for in-flight disturbances.

Earlier in June this year, India successfully test fired Agni-4, an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile with a strike range of 4,000 kilometers.

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