- India has successfully carried out night trials of the Agni V nuclear-capable ballistic missile which can hit targets beyond 5,400 km, sources in the Defence Ministry said, amid heightened tensions with China over clashes along the de facto border in Arunachal Pradesh last week.
- The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) which operates the Agni-5, carried out the successful test of the missile from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.
- The nuclear-capable missile which uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- SFC is a key tri-services formation that manages and administers all the strategic assets and falls under the purview of the Nuclear Command Authority of India.
- Agni 1: 700-800 km Range.
- Agni 2: More than 2000 km.
- Agni 3: More than 2,500 km.
- Agni 4: 3,500 km. and can fire from a road-mobile launcher.
- Agni 5: An Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) with a range of 5,000 km and more. Integrated Guided Missile Development Program
- Started in the year 1983, the idea of this program was given by renowned scientist Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Its objective was to achieve self-reliance in the field of missile technology. This program was completed in March 2012.
Under this program, 5 missiles were developed:-
- Akash: Medium-range surface-to-air missile.
- Prithvi: Short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
- Agni: Surface-to-surface medium-range ballistic missile ie Agni (1,2,3,4,5).
- Nag: Third-generation anti-tank missile.
- Trishul: Short-range surface-to-air missile.