New Delhi:India on Thursday entered the elite club of nations possessing the technological know-how to produce an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) as it successfully test fired the nuclear capable Agni-V missile from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha Coast.
"The mission was successful. The missile hit the target in Indian Ocean in a perfect way," Chief of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), V K Saraswat confirmed.
Designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the three-stage missile has a strike range of 5,000 km.
Indigenously developed nuclear capable 'Agni-V' ballistic missile is scheduled to be launched from a mobile launcher.
Once validated and inducted into the armed forces after several more tests couple of years down the line, Agni-V will be India's longest-range missile which can carry a nuclear warhead.
Range preparation for the maiden test of Agni-V ballistic missile has been completed and full precaution is being taken to ensure its flawless launch.
In November last year, DRDO had successfully test fired the 3,500 km range Agni-4 missile giving muscle to India's deterrent capability against the military adversaries.
DRDO has also placed necessary equipments to collect data on the trajectory and flight of the missile and other necessary data which will be studied further for its future development.
Agni-V will be a three-stage, all solid fuel powered, 17-metre tall missile with capability to carry various forms of payload, officials said.