In pics: Agni-V missile test-fired successfully

India | | April 19, 2012, 9:16 am
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The missile can carry a pay-load of 1 tonne, is 17 m long, 2 m wide and weighs 50 tonnes.

The missile can carry a pay-load of 1 tonne, is 17 m long, 2 m wide and weighs 50 tonnes.

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The maiden test-fire was witnessed by military officials, scientists and other agencies which participated in its development.

The maiden test-fire was witnessed by military officials, scientists and other agencies which participated in its development.

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Agni-V has helped India gatecrash into a small and exclusive club of nations with intercontinental ballistic missile capability.

Agni-V has helped India gatecrash into a small and exclusive club of nations with intercontinental ballistic missile capability.

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Agni-V and INS Chakra are the biggest and the most deadly symbol of India’s military might.

Agni-V and INS Chakra are the biggest and the most deadly symbol of India’s military might.

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Agni-V will need to undergo several more trials before it can be formally inducted into India's arsenal.

Agni-V will need to undergo several more trials before it can be formally inducted into India's arsenal.

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After the missile is inducted into the strategic forces by 2014-2015, India will acquire a strong deterrent capacity against China.

After the missile is inducted into the strategic forces by 2014-2015, India will acquire a strong deterrent capacity against China.

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The 17 m long, 2 m wide and 50 tonne Agni-V is a generation ahead of the other surface-to-surface missiles in India's inventory.

The 17 m long, 2 m wide and 50 tonne Agni-V is a generation ahead of the other surface-to-surface missiles in India's inventory.

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India on Thursday successfully test-fired the 5000-km range surface-to-surface Agni-V Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capable of covering entire China and reaching deep into Europe.

India on Thursday successfully test-fired the 5000-km range surface-to-surface Agni-V Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capable of covering entire China and reaching deep into Europe.

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Agni-V can cover entire China, Eastern Europe, North Eastern and Eastern Africa and even Australia if fired from the Nicobar Islands.

Agni-V can cover entire China, Eastern Europe, North Eastern and Eastern Africa and even Australia if fired from the Nicobar Islands.

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Only the permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, Russia, France, the United States and the United Kingdom - have such long distance missiles.

Only the permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, Russia, France, the United States and the United Kingdom - have such long distance missiles.

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According to Defence Research and Development Organisation chief Dr VK Saraswat the Agni-V missile is among the best in its class in the world with its advanced ring-laser gyros, composite rocket motors and highly accurate micro-navigation systems.

According to Defence Research and Development Organisation chief Dr VK Saraswat the Agni-V missile is among the best in its class in the world with its advanced ring-laser gyros, composite rocket motors and highly accurate micro-navigation systems.