Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:21:32 GMT

India tests 5,000-km range Agni-V missile

India Thursday created history with the successful testing of the much awaited Agni-V long-range ballistic nuclear-capable missile, described as 'China killer', that can accurately hit targets more than 5,000 km away.

Agni-V to be test fired today

With the launch from an a defence base in Odisha, India stormed into an exclusive club of nations, including US, Russia and China, that have this capability to hit targets over 5,000 km away.

"It was a fantastic launch. It hit the target with high accuracy," S.P. Dash, the director of the test range, told IANS.

The missile test was carried out at 8.07 a.m. from the test range in Wheelers' Island off Orissa coast, India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) V.K. Saraswat told reporters at the test site.

"India is today a nation with proven capability to design, develop and produce a long-range ballistic missile. India is a missile power now. The three-stage Agni-V missile's entire performance has been successfully demonstrated. All mission objectives and operational targets have been met," a jubilant Saraswat said.

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