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Agni-V, India's 'China Killer' (To go with Agni-V launch story)

Delhi,Defence/Security,Science/Tech, Thu, 19 Apr 2012 IANS

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) India Thursday successfully launched its long-range Agni-V ballistic missile. Here are some salient features of the missile and the test, which propelled the country into a special league of nations:

 

* Agni-V is a 5,000-km intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM)

 

* Short of an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) by 500 km

 

* 17.5 metres long, can carry 1- to 1.5-tonne conventional and nuclear war heads

 

* Can hit targets in large parts of China, including Beijing

 

* Can target whole of Pakistan and South Asia

 

* Three-stage propulsion system

 

* Solid fuel in the final stage propels it into space

 

* Greater accuracy due to better guidance and navigation systems

 

* Composite Rocket Motors and propulsion systems entirely indigenous

 

* Will form key component of India's strategic arsenal

 


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