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India on Monday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable, inter-continental ballistic missile Agni 5, that has a range of over 5,000 km covering whole of China, from Abdul Kalam island off Odisha coast.
Defence sources said that the successful test-firing will pave the way for user trial of the most potent Indian missile and its eventual induction into the strategic forces command (SFC).
The three-stage, solid propellant surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 1105 hours, DRDO sources said.
About 17-metre long and weighing over 50 ton, the surface-to-surface missile majestically rose from the confines of its canister flawlessly and achieved all targets, sources in Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) said.
It is the fourth developmental and second canisterised trial of the missile.
While the first test was conducted on April 19, 2012, the second was on September 15, 2013 and the third on January 31, 2015 from the same base.
Among the missiles of Agni series, the latest Agni-5 is the most advanced having some new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine, the sources said.