India successfully tested Agni V ballistic missile with officially declared range of 5000 km on 19th April 2012. According to scientists, it was a textbook launch with all the parameters and technologies tested successfully.  I’m writing this post to collect as much information as possible about the missile and it’s effects.


This is the launch video released by DRDO:

Agni V Launch

Agni V 1st test launch










Height: 17m

Weight: 50000 kg

Width:  2 meters

Payload: 1100 kg

Range: 5000 km +

Fuel: All 3 stages are solid fueled

Navigation:  Micro Navigation System (MINS) and Ring Laser Gyro Based Inertial Navigation System (RINS)

Circular Error Probability (CEP): Accurate to within a few meters

Stages: Three. 1st  till 40km above surface, 2nd till 150km and the 3rd takes it                     to beyond 300km, upto 800 km high.

Apogee (Height): 600 Km in depressed trajectory (1st test). Maximum 800                                            km

Additional Capabilities: Can launch small satellites

Anti-satellite interception

MIRV capable

 Launcher: Road and rail mobile. Can be stored in a canister. Most likely will                              arm India’s next ballistic missile submarine (SSBN)

Time of 1st launch: 08:07 Hours, 19 April 2012

Time of impact: 08:27 Hours (20 Minutes of flight time)

Maximum velocity attained :  Mach 25+

Launched from : Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast

Impact point : 5000 km south in Indian ocean


Agni missiles ranges

Agni missiles ranges










































Official DRDO Press release, videos and pictures 

 VIDEO: Inside the Agni-5 missile lab

VIDEO: India’s big moment: Agni-V missile test fired 

Media say India tests missile that can hit Beijing 

Top 10 facts about Agni-V

India test launches Agni-V long-range missile 

Agni-V, India’s Longest Range Missile Debuts Today 

China plays it cool over Indian missile launch 

India test-fires ‘China killer’ missile capable of reaching Beijing, Europe

India tests long-range nuclear missile 

India tests Agni-V; capable of reaching China 

India test fires intercontinental Agni-V ballistic missile off eastern coast 

All you wanted to know about Agni V by C Uday Bhaskar 

India Fires a Message to China 

Agni-V propels India into elite ICBM club 

 PM congratulates DRDO scientists and technical personnel on Agni test launch success 

Production of Agni-V to begin in a year: DRDO chief 

 India positions itself into ICBM trajectory with Agni V

Ajai Shukla: Perfect launch for 5,000-km range missile 

Slideshow: Agni-V scripts long-range success 

Test a Success: India’s New Missile Can Strike Beijing 

Video:अमेरिका छोड़ पूरी दुनिया जद में आई 

India tests long-range ballistic missile 

Agni-V launch: India demonstrates ICBM capability; China reacts cautiously, says India not rival 

AGNI- V : What next ?? 

Launch of Agni-V only the beginning of new series: DRDO chief 

India tests nuclear-capable missile able to hit China 

Agni-V: U.S. says “exercise restraint” 

Signs of an Asian Arms Buildup in India’s Missile Test 

Video: Agni V launch: A strategic milestone? 

India missile test has few critics, unlike North Korea 

Indian Missile Test Ups The Pressure on A Jumpy Beijing 

India Tests New Long-Range ‘Nuclear Missile’ 

 India aspires to ‘greatness’ with long-range missiles 

In Wheeler Island, a perfect mission sparks celebrations 

Canister storage gives N-capable Agni-V missile flexibility 

Maiden test-fire of India’s ‘Agni-V’ missile successful 

Agni V, a game changer 

A giant leap for India 

 Agni-V propels India into elite ICBM club 

 Missile woman Tessy helps India pass Agnipariksha

With China in range, India fires N-capable Agni-V

Missiles of the world – a look at countries’ arsenals

We can stop punching below our weight 

After the fireworks, time for some diplomacy 

A ‘political missile,’ say Chinese media 

Flexing with restraint, in reach and in name 

Perfect launch for the 5000-km range Agni-5 missile 

India downplaying Agni-V’s potential: Chinese expert 

50-tonne home-grown missile launcher, the real unsung hero 

India Just Successfully Test Launched a Missile That Could Blow Up China

 Anti-satellite (A-SAT), all-composite, intelligent missiles next target: Avinash Chander 

Tracking Agni-V was like watching a 20:20 thriller: Scientists | Missile Complex in Hyderabad erupts in celebrations 

Agni-V success will boost DRDO’s brand identity: Saraswat 

Du Wenlong of India change the Agni of -5 missile range and the title of the reason 

The Friendly Indian Intercontinental Missile 

On a par with China, India didn’t inform neighbour about launch 

Agni V can launch mini-satellites too 

Agni hit within meters of target

No intention to cap missile programme with Agni-5 

Can show anti-satellite capability if govt gives nod: DRDO chief 



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