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AGNI-V • Agni-V is a solid fueled intercontinental ballistic missile • Indias first Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Agni-V, was successfully test-fired on 19th April 2012 at 8:05 am from Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast. • The missile has been designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists: • Agni-V can be configured to launch small satellites and can be used to even shoot down enemy satellites in orbits.
TOP 10 FACTS ABOUT AGNI-V1)India will break into the exclusive ICBM club of six countries including the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, China and France once the 50-tonne Agni-V is ready for induction by 2014-2015, although some others say unless India acquires an 8,000 km range missile, it cannot become a part of this club. But DRDO scientists are sticking to their claim.
2)The Agni series of missiles, including Agni-V, is crucial for Indias defence vis-a-vis China since Beijing has upped the ante in recent times by deploying missiles in Tibet Autonomous Region bordering India.
3)Tipped to be a game changer by DRDO Chief Dr VK Saraswat, Agni-V will extend Indias reach all over Asia, parts of Africa and parts of Europe.
4)Once fired, it cannot be stopped. It travels faster than a bullet and can carry 1,000 kilograms of nuclear weapons. It can be launched using a special canister. Why, it can even be launched from a roadside!
5)With a range of 5,000 km, Agni-V, once validated and inducted into the armed forces after several more tests, will be Indias longest- range missile to carry a nuclear warhead. It will have the capacity to carry a nuclear warhead weighing over a tonne.
6)Agni-V will give India the technological know- how to launch many nuclear warheads using the same missile.
7)Agni-V can be configured to launch small satellites and can be used later even to shoot down enemy satellites in orbits.
8)The missile can be launched only after a decision by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).
9)Seventeen metres tall, Agni-Vs three-stages are powered by solid propellants. The first rocket engine takes it to a height of about 40 kilometres. The second stage pushes it to about 150 kilometres. The third stage takes it to about 300 kilometres above the Earth. The missile finally reaches a height of about 800 kilometres.
10)This is Indias first launch of a 5,000 kilometre range missile