India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-5

India successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-5, with a strike range of 5,000 km, from a test range off the Odisha coast.

The surface-to-surface missile was fired from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island, previously known as Wheeler Island, at 9.45 am, defence sources said.

Describing the flight test from launchpad-4 as successful, a defence press note said: "All the radars, electro-optical tracking stations and telemetry stations tracked the vehicle all through the course of the trajectory. All the mission objectives have been achieved."

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists, staff, the armed forces and industries for the success of "A5 Mission," it added.

This was the sixth trial of the state-of-the-art Agni-5, which covered its full distance during the test.

(Agencies)