Test of Advanced Indian Missile Set for Late May

India plans in the third week of May to conduct the second test flight of its longest-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, defense insiders told the New Indian Express on Tuesday.

An Agni 5 launch exercise was previously reported to be slated for June. The missile's initial trial took place in 2012.

Government personnel are reportedly finalizing timing and other details tied to the weapon's planned course over the Indian Ocean from a Wheeler Island liftoff site. New Delhi must provide details on the drill to countries near the intended flight path such as Australia and Indonesia, and to users of regional air and shipping lanes.

“Though the Union Cabinet has already given a go-ahead for the mission, the exact date of firing has not been fixed yet,” one insider said.

The missile is reported to have a maximum flight distance of roughly 3,100 miles and a warhead capacity of 1.5 metric tons.

April 24, 2013
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India plans in the third week of May to conduct the second test flight of its longest-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, defense insiders told the New Indian Express on Tuesday.