原文标题：India test-fires nuclear capable Agni V missile
India on Thursday conducted the maiden test of its indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni V ballistic missile with a strike range of over 5,000 km, from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
The three stage, solid propellant missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range at about 8.05 am, defence sources said.
Soon after the maiden launch took place, Agni V witnessed a smooth and perfect vertical lift-off from the launcher. An analysis was done to assess its health parameters after retrieval of date from all the sophisticated wide range of communication network systems, they said
The test-fire of the first of its kind missile, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, had to be postponed at the last moment due to bad weather marked by rains and heavy lightning, the sources said.
The trial of Agni V, considered to be of the category of Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile, demonstrates giant strides taken by India in its integrated missile development programme.
Only the United States, Russia, France and China possess the capability to operate an ICBM at present
"The sleek missile, within a few seconds of its blast-off from the Island launch pad, roared majestically into the sky leaving behind its trajectory, a trail of thin orange and white smoke before disappearing," said an eyewitness to the launch, conducted amid light drizzle.
The surface-to-surface Agni V is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km away. It is about 17 meter long and two metre wide with a launch weight of around 50 tonnes. The sophisticated missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.
After achieving successful results from the first development trial of Agni IV, which has a strike range of more than 3,500 km, from the same launch pad on November 15, 2011, the preparation for Agni V test had gathered momentum.
Scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation have been developing this missile for two years.
Unlike other missiles of the indigenously built Agni series, the latest one -- Agni V -- is the most advanced version with several new technologies incorporated in it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
India has at present in its armoury of Agni series, Agni I with 700 km range, Agni II with 2,000 km range, Agni III and Agni IV, with 2,500 km to more than 3,500 km range.
Today's trial was aimed at putting India into an exclusive club of nations possessing such long-range ballistic missile technologies.
DRDO chief V K Saraswat had recently said the missile was being integrated at various facilities for the test launch.
The maiden test-fire was witnessed by military officials, scientists and other agencies which participated in its development.
DRDO plans to conduct more such tests of the missile over the next one year after studying and analysing the parameters achieved in each subsequent trial.
On the timeline fixed for fully developing Agni V, Saraswat had said another year of testing would be involved.
Incorrect World Map
by Nat Geo (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 03:06 PM
Why not show the whole of Kashmir in India's map? Rediff editors are sleeping or what?
Yesterday rain / bad weather - so postponed !
by Frodo Baggins (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 02:58 PM
Does it mean we cannot attack China if it is raining and will have to wait for the monsoon to end ?
Test Fire Agni target
by ratanlal purohit (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 02:37 PM
First. Congrats Team.
Second. How Success is measured.
The place where it will strike. The targeted place
Many Questions. NKorea put under Sanction. How do we get the nod.
What is Indian about it?
by JGN (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 02:35 PM | Hide replies
The fact remains that India can't make even a world class kitchen knife on its own. All the components which go into the production of any high tech machine in india, are imported or their technology is imported. Its injustice to the 80% poor population of India to spend 46 billion US dollars on the import of arms this year while only 6 billion US dollars are budgeted for health care!
by AJIT ANAND (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 02:23 PM
40 years back , China had announced that it will send a nuclear warhead by missile across India and fire it into Bay Of Bengal. I dont remember whether they did it, but that is what prompted India into going for detterent.
Not its the question of how fast its inducted into Army
by Chanakya II (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 02:15 PM
Sooner the induction into army the better to counter china
Enemy is Within Not Outside
by Rrrr (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 01:56 PM
Enemy of India is within not outside.
Full Fledged war among nations like indo-pak, indo-china etc will anyways not happen in near future.
In limited war either of parties can earn some brownie points.
but what about evils within india
corruption/ reservation/ appeasement/vote bank politics/
does agni has capabilities to destroy them ...i am afraid not...
Congrats to our Scientists,
by Mandar Pawar (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 01:41 PM
Congrats to our scientist. Now DRDO should do all the testing as quick as possible and Government should make sure that Production and Deployal should not get delayed.
Do anybody know the accuracy of Agni V.
Also, shame on Rediff to use wrong map of India, they have used a map which showed a Kashmir in pakistan.
China Need Burnoil on their Missiles
by lalit (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 01:21 PM
Chian is now scared of India's capability.
He has alwayed eyed on Arunachal Pradesh.
agni-5 test fire
by Hanumesh Malagi (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 01:07 PM
congrats to all those involved in this successful achievement. I am proud to be an Indian!
by Ravi (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 12:55 PM
Congratulations to Indian scientist who make us proud but we feel more proud if country could achieve properity like US FRANCE AND RUSSIA too.
agni missile test
by heman udeshi (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 12:54 PM
Happy to learn this claim i hope this will enhance our confidence in security issue.I hope we dare to use this against militant.
We have not developed a missiles to destroy corruption
by somnath pawor (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 12:36 PM
We want a powerful missile systems to destroy the corrupt people and their system.These are more dangerous than the external enemy.
Anti Missile radar
by Mubarak (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 12:28 PM
The Chinese and US have radars for such missiles which was launched years back and they dont even boast of it. But still hats off to India in achieving such a milestone
by David Dak (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 11:32 AM | Hide replies
You people have the mentality that Chines have 40 years ago, cheer for a successful launching of ballistic missile. Nowadays no Chinese care what they have launched and they only care how to catch USA. This is how far Chinese or China have left you behind.
Re: Old fashion
by Jamali (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 11:36 AM
Russian R-36 has a range of 16,000 km, strange to see desi monkeys jumping on 5000
Re: Re: Old fashion
by Srini (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 11:42 AM
Dum fk. It's a matter of time before we achieve that. @David, why is china then developoing BDM and MIRVs. To hit US?
Re: Re: Old fashion
by AJIT ANAND (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 12:28 PM
Its range cowers most of the Islamic radical hideouts, thats what counts.
Re: Re: Old fashion
by SANJAI KUMAR (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 12:57 PM
But we are hot here to strike USA or Russia our target is china. Then why 16000 range. Russia is the biggest country and it needs that range to strike US from its farthest corner from US.
Great work DRDO.
by Manoj Raje (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 11:12 AM
The Enemy Outside is taken care by Agni 5. The difficult part still remains, defeating the Enemies INSIDE.
by raja nisha (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 11:09 AM | Hide replies
The problem with India is , it thinks that if we have a dozen nuclear capable missiles and launchers we are safe. This paranoid is killing the planners and developers of the technologies. Any war in today's atmosphere will start with conventional ways and nuclear option will be impossible though possible. We do not know exactly how long these wars last. We think we are all solid in our defenses as long as our missiles are ready to fire on Pakistan or China. There are news of only missile launches and its success and failures.What about the ground and air defenses ?. Are they advanced enough?. The corruption has made the brains of politicians dumb and India is suffering. We will be caught pants down in the eventuality of a war with China. They are so much advanced in this 20th century..
by Arun Kumar (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:44 AM | Hide replies
As of 2010, more than 1.35 billion still lives below the poverty line. More than 22% of the entire rural population and 15% of the urban population of India exists in this difficult physical and financial predicament. Who cares??????
by SANJAI KUMAR (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 02:47 PM
Typical NGO speak..
by Vortex (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:55 AM
Any relevance with above article????
And Dumbo first make sure what you are writing....1.35 billion must be india's total population...
Re: Re: Worse
by manoj kumar (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 12:16 PM
India has got population of 1.21 billion
by Jaganniwas Iyer (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:42 AM
Congratulations to our scientists for making the nation an ICBM-capable power.
by Rato Pido (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:42 AM | Hide replies
What I do not understand is why to test in sea..
Fire it at Pak.. worst come it will land on Karachi instead of Islamabad... but we still get our results...
Re: Agni V
by manoj kumar (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 12:17 PM
Entire pakistan covers in 1000KM. How we can test 5000 KM??
Re: Agni V
by vipul gupta (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 12:23 PM
I think for city's like karanchi and islamabad,there will be hardly requirement of missile agni 5, as Missiles like prathvi with its striking range will cover whole of Pakistan.
by khemaji Bheel (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:38 AM | Hide replies
Congratulations to Mr. G.Sekhar and his team.
by Rahul Khaitan (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:41 AM
Great strides. Deterrence is a must, and this one is definitely that.
Congratulations team. And, thank you.
Agni V Missile
by akhilesh lahari (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:37 AM
Accolades to all involved in the successful launch of the powerful Missile. Pakistan and China should not take us for granted and try to intimidate us every now and then. However when , if ever , our so called Leaders will muster courage and moral responsibility to work for the country's welfare. They are busy only with saving their chair and party
Agni V - Success
by kv raghuram (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:24 AM
Great going for India's missile technology.
The only Mantra to be strong and expect respect from Pak and China, is to be come strong and lethal militarily.
by burkha dutt (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:23 AM
now everyone will say we salute this country .we are proud.blah blah blah ....but in truth we are still the same beggar country where ppl dont have the decency or the civic sense to build a toilet for their women!this country needs a revolution to clean up the mess that it is not a nuclear capable ICBM.what are we gonna do with it?is there even a remote possibility that it will be used?
Part of Kashmir in Pakistan
by Sreedhara KS (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:20 AM
Congrats defence forces!!!
How can rediff show part of Kashmir in Pakistan? This is wrong. You have to withdraw the map and publish a correct one.
by Narendra Karkera (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:19 AM
We salute these scientist for making India proud. Atleast now China would not show off.
It is not ICBM, but near to ICBM
by Manish Sharma (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:16 AM | Hide replies
Great Kudos to our people who has developed, but please don't go with media Hype. it is step near to ICBM s missile. Even DRDO has not called it ICBM. India First ICBM would be Surya if rumours is believed to be correct
Re: It is not ICBM, but near to ICBM
by B M (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:20 AM
Its fine as long as it has sufficient range to cover our enemies.
Re: It is not ICBM, but near to ICBM
by Vortex (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:24 AM
see the third photo you will realize the distance of 5000 KM.
Surya's range will be more than 15000KM and it is still far away....
Fast use this against China and Pak Terroriest units
by Dakota (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:16 AM | Hide replies
Don't showcase it for Republic day parade, deploy it fast, enemy is advancing north, north-east, north west
Re: Fast use this against China and Pak Terroriest units
by David Dak (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 11:22 AM
China has something much bigger than Agni V long time ago.
by Dhruba Sarma (View MyPage) on Apr 19, 2012 10:10 AM
Operationalise it fast and array them aginst our traditional enemies the earliest. No one should mess around with India .