Second test flight of 5,000 km range Agni-V missile planned
Posted on: 05:00 PM IST Sep 13, 2013
Balasore: A second test flight of long range, nuclear capable 'Agni-V' missile might be taken up on September 15 from Wheeler Island on Odisha's coast, if the weather permits.
"If everything goes according to plan and weather conditions allow for a smooth launch, the test might be taken up on September 15 from launch pad-4," an official of Defence Research and Development Organisation said Friday.
Scientists and officials associated with the project were quite hopeful of a good performance as the first trial on April 19, 2012 was a total success.
"Preparation in the Integrated Test Range has reached a final stage and the missile and its sub-systems have been put to last minute check," the DRDO official said.
"As it is a developmental trial, the missile system and battery of networks associated with the test are to be validated before going for final launch," he said.
The surface-to-surface, three stage solid propellant missile is designed to deliver nuclear warheads of 1000 kg at a range of 5000 km, sources said.