India’s Ballistic Missile Interceptor failed tests on Monday. The missile was not able to reach its target.
“It took off as planned but it did not reach the target. We are analyzing the data,” test range director M.V.K.V. Prasad.
The indigenous Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile was fired from Wheeler Island off the coast in Odisha’s Bhadrak district. About 170 km from there, the missile dropped straight into the Bay of Bengal, seconds after the liftoff.
India successfully tests the Agni-V ballistic missile on Thursday
This was the fifth test that missile underwent
With this success, India is now in ranks with US, UK, China and Russia
India on Thursday successfully tests fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V — the most potent and with the longest range in the Agni series – that can reach targets as far as Beijing.
The test took place at the Abdul Kalam Island facility off the Odisha coast. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted about its success, congratulating its makers DRDO, the armed forces and the defence industry.
She said the successful test of the 5,000-km-range missile that can carry a one-tonne warhead, was “a major boost to the defence capabilities of our country”.
“The Made in India canistered missile, having three stages of propulsion, was successfully test fired,” she tweeted.
Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-V is the most advanced version of the Agni series, part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme that started in the 1960s.
The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
This was the fifth test of the missile and likely to be its first user trial, though there was no official word on it.
Thursday’s test brings the missile closer to its induction in the tri-service Strategic Forces Command.
The missile has a much longer shelf life, with its container being made of special steel that absorbs the blast of the takeoff.
In the canisterised launch, a gas generator inside ejects the missile up to a height of about 30 metres. A motor is then ignited to fire the missile.