india Agni-5

Agni 5 (Jane's Strategic Weapon Systems)
Originated From:India
Possessed By:India
Basing:Road-mobile
Length:17.5-20.0 m
Diameter:2.0-2.2 m
Launch Weight:<55,000 kg
Warhead:<3 MIRV warheads
Propulsion:Three-stage solid propellant
Range:5,000-8,000 km
In Service:2014/2015

India conducted their first ICBM test launch in April 2012. The Indian Defense Minister described the launch as an “immaculate success.” With the Agni 5, India joins the U.S., Russia, France and China as the only nations possessing this capability. 1

The Agni 5 specifications are still vague, but generally the missile is believed to be a three-stage version of the Agni 3, with an enhanced range of 5000 to 8000 km. A missile with this range is expected to have a launch weight of 50,000 to 55,000 kg, a length of 17.5 to 20 m, and a diameter of 2.0 to 2.2 m. The Agni 5 is also presumed to have up to three MIRV warheads, including countermeasures. 2

Development of the Agni 5 is still underway. It is expected to become operational in 2014/2015. 3

  1. The Times of India. “Agni-V’s Launch Is a Major Milestone, Defence Minister A K Antony Says” July 14, 2012. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-19/india/31366841_1_m-natarajan-wheeler-island-agni-5 (accessed September 20, 2012).
  2. Lennox, Duncan. “Agni 1/2/3/4/5.” Jane’s Strategic Weapon Systems (Offensive Weapons). August 13, 2011. (accessed September 12, 2012).
  3. Ibid.
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