Launch of Agni-5 a great technological, military achievement: DRDO
New Delhi [India], Dec. 26 (ANI): The Defence and Research Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday said the launch of intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5 is a major achievement for India both in terms of technology and military might.
Former DRDO spokesperson Ravi Gupta told ANI that with this missile capabilities, current advisories will not dare to attack India with any nuclear weapon.
"It is a bold statement of India strength for peace. We are a peaceful country and we want to work for establishing peace in the region. I believe peace is possible when you are strong. So, this a major quantum jam in the deterrent capability of India and with this missile capabilities I am sure that the current advisories will not dare to attack India with any nuclear weapon," he said.
He said missile that has been launched till now was to test India's testing capabilities but the real equipped with nuclear will be launched if India is under attack.
"India has a declared policy of no frosty use and I hope that we never have to use it. That is only possible if we have this kind of capabilities..the accuracy of the missile is very high when we launched this for the first time on April 19, 2012 it was a dawn of a new era of technology," he added.
Unlike other missiles of Agni series, 'Agni-5' is the most advanced having some new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
The indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile, Agni-5, is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km.
It is about 17-metre long, two-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes.
The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.
It is the fourth developmental and second canisterised trial of the long range missile.
While the first test was conducted on April 19, 2012, the second test was carried out on September 15, 2013, and the third on January 31, 2015 from the same base. (ANI)