INDIA'S AGNI-5 ICBM OPERATIONALISED:ROAD TO AGNI-6 CLEARED
Geopolitics|November 2021
On October 27, India executed the final test flight of the Agni- 5 thermonuclear-capable ICBM (Intercontinental-range Ballistic Missile) from Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. The missile traveled almost 5000 km before splashing down into the Southern Indian Ocean.

With this historic flight, the Agni-5 weapon system has entered the stage of serial production is ready to be deployed with the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) the Indian Armed Forces. Following are some unique features of i-5:

. Can carry a 1.5-tonne nuclear/thermonuclear warhead up to a range of 5500 km which qualifies it as India’s first three-stage solid fuelled ICBM.

. If the weight of the warhead is reduced, the range can be enhanced beyond 8000 km and possibly up to 9000 km.

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