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India to test-fire Agni-V soon: Official

The three-stage Agni-V and the two-stage Agni-IV (in picture) are poised to add credible deterrence against long-range missiles of hostile countries.

CHANDIGARH (PTI): Agni-V, the 5,000-km version of the nuclear capable missile of India, is in the final phase of testing and soon set for launch, a senior DRDO official has said.

"Agni-V is in the final phase of testing. I cannot predict the exact date of its launch, but it will be launched shortly," Chief Controller R and D (Missiles and Strategic Systems) at DRDO, Avinash Chander, said on Sunday.

He was addressing a press conference at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory to mark the conclusion of its year-long golden jubilee celebrations,

Agni-V, touted as India's most ambitious strategic missile, will follow last year's test of the country's most advanced surface-to-surface missile -- Agni-IV.

The three-stage Agni-V and the two-stage Agni-IV are poised to add credible deterrence against countries having long-range missiles, Chander said.

Agni-V will feature Multiple Independently-Targeted Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs) with each missile being capable of carrying 3-10 separate warheads.

To a question, Chander said, "we have Rs 20,000 crore worth production orders for Akash missile."

"By 2020, India will be among the leading countries in the missile development," he said.

The official said that DRDO was trying to set up an independent Centre for Directed High Energy Weapons System which would focus on the use of lasers in weapons system.

On 'Prahar', he said the 150-km range guided missile was being put into weaponised mode.

"It is the most cost-effective missile in its class. Army has shown good interest and we are sure it will get inducted," the official said.


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