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India developing 5,000 km-range Agni missile: Antony
Posted On: Mar 26, 2011
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NEW DELHI (PTI)
: India is developing a 5,000 km-range Agni ballistic missile, Defence Minister A K Antony said Friday.
"India has reached an appreciable level of competence in missile technologies, with a reach capability of 3,500 kilometres. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing Agni missile with a capacity to reach 5000 kilometres," he said here.
The Defence Minister was addressing a conference of heads of DRDO laboratories.
Under its missile development programme, India is developing ballistic missiles with longer ranges and had recently successfully test-fired the 3,500 km-range Agni-III missile from a launch facility. The Agni-series also includes missile variants with ranges between 700 and 2,500 km.
The 5,000 km-range Agni-V is a further advancement of the existing systems and it is expected to be test-fired later this year, sources said.
Other missiles developed by the DRDO are the Prithvi and its variants with ranges upto 350 km, surface-to-air Akash missile defence system with a range of 25-30 km and the short- range anti-tank NAG missile.
The Trishul air defence missile system programme was scrapped by the DRDO after it was marred by delays.
In his address, the Defence Minister asked the DRDO to speed up the development trials and induction of Interceptor Missile as part of the credible Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD).
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