Amidst the ongoing 17-month military confrontation in eastern Ladakh between China and India, the Indian army has set a strong tone for the neighbouring country. India tested its most incendiary missile named Agni-V on Wednesday (October 27) evening, giving China a very strategic signal of readiness.

“A successful launch of the Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile, Agni-5, was carried out on 27 October, 2021 at approximately 1950 hrs from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. The successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’” of nuclear weapons, a statement from the Indian defence ministry said. Here is all we know about the missile.

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Range

The nuclear-capable Agni-5 missile will be able to strike targets at ranges up to 5,000 kilometres with a very high degree of precision. With its 5,000 kilometre range, Agni-V will fall into the category of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Engine

The missile uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine. It was first tested back in 2012 and is one among many missiles being developed. The missile can be outfitted with the MIRV ( (Multiple independently targetable Reentry Vehicle) which is capable of carrying multiple warheads.

Speed

The missile can reach an exceptional Mach 24 speed which is 29,401 km/h, 18,269 mph or 8.1670 km/s.

Developer

The missile has been developed by the autochthonous defence mammoth, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Transportability

Agni-V is road-mobile and can be moved by truck and launched via a canister.

China is rattled with India’s increasing acquisitions on the military front. “Maintaining peace, security, and stability in South Asia meets the common interests of all. where China hopes that all parties would make constructive efforts. As for whether India can develop ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, the UNSCR 1172 already has clear stipulations,” earlier said, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian.

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