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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
By : Defence News Admin
The first test of the Agni-5 Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile which was scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed at the last moment till Thursday 19th April due to bad weather conditions at the test range off the coast of Orissa.
  • The first test of the Agni-5 Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile which was scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed at the last moment till Thursday 19th April due to bad weather conditions at the test range off the coast of Orissa.

    The test flight of the missile was to take place from Wheeler Island at around 20:00 hours but it was put off due to safety reasons and bad weather at the test range.

    There was heavy lightening and very cloudy weather in the test range.

    The DRDO has got a "window period" of two days till April 20 to conduct the test firing of the missile.

    A Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) - warning against any flight operations in the area - has already been issued by the agency till the time test launch.

    The missile will take 20 minutes to reach it's target area in southern Indian Ocean. DRDO has deployed tracking devices and stations all along the route of the test flight to collect data on the missile's trajectory.

    The tracking stations will record the speed and homing in of the missile on to the target.

    Agni-5 has a range of over 5000 kms, is a three-stage, all solid fuel powered, 17-metre tall missile with capability to carry various forms of payloads.

    he successful test launch of the missile will be a major leap forward for India in the area of military technology and military deterrent capability, making it the fifth country in the world to possess such sophisticated technology.

    If the test goes successful, the 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. Another one year of through testing will be involved before full-scale production begins.
     


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