India is all set to test another indigenous surface-to-surface missile, days after a fourth failed attempt to successfully test the much-hyped nuclear capable Nirbhay cruise missile, Times of India reported.
Agni-V is an intercontinental, designed to carry ballistic missile, which will be tested from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast on Monday.
According to sources from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), range coordination had reached its final stage for the fourth test of Agni-V. The missile test will take place as scheduled provided that everything remains as per plan, they added.
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The indigenous missile would be capable of striking a target at a distance of over 5,000km. Unlike its predecessors, the Agni-V is the latest with more technology in terms of navigation, warhead, guidance and engine. The missile would be inducted into services after a few more trials.
On December 21, Nirbhay missile, touted to carry nuclear warheads to a range of 1,000km, failed for the fourth time. It had been tested four times since March 2013 but failed to achieve the set parameters. Not only it failed to yield the expected results, the missile had to be destroyed in the air as it had deviated from its path and was termed as an ‘utter failures’.
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Among the four tests that were carried out, Nirbhay missile’s second test was considered ‘a partial success’ in October 2014. All other attempts were dubbed failure.
Nirbhay, which had been in the making for almost a decade, was meant to provide the Indian armed forces with nuclear-tipped land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs). If it had been a success, Indian would have been in a position to counter Pakistani Babur LACM.
This article first appeared on The Times of India