India Plans to Test Launch Agni 5 Next Week

India intends to conduct its second trial-firing of an advanced nuclear-capable ballistic missile on or near Sept. 15, The Hindu newspaper reported.

The Agni 5 is a solid-fueled IRBM with a flight range of 3,100 miles, which is close to the reach of an ICBM. Its initial flight test in April 2012 was a success.

An unidentified senior official with the Defense Research and Development Organization said the upcoming trial will aim to duplicate the successes of the maiden test-launch. Roughly three to four more trial-firings are planned before the hoped-for 2015 introduction of the Agni 5 into the Indian armed forces.

Missile specialists now are on Wheeler Island, from where the Agni 5 will be fired. They have started to carry out flight checks ahead of the missile firing, a different official disclosed.

September 9, 2013
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India intends to conduct its second trial-firing of an advanced nuclear-capable ballistic missile on or near Sept. 15, The Hindu newspaper reported.

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