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Agni-V, India's 'China Killer' (To go with Agni-V launch story)

Delhi,Defence/Security,Science/Tech, Thu, 19 Apr 2012 IANS

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) India Thursday successfully launched its long-range Agni-V ballistic missile. Here are some salient features of the missile and the test, which propelled the country into a special league of nations:


* Agni-V is a 5,000-km intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM)


* Short of an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) by 500 km


* 17.5 metres long, can carry 1- to 1.5-tonne conventional and nuclear war heads


* Can hit targets in large parts of China, including Beijing


* Can target whole of Pakistan and South Asia


* Three-stage propulsion system


* Solid fuel in the final stage propels it into space


* Greater accuracy due to better guidance and navigation systems


* Composite Rocket Motors and propulsion systems entirely indigenous


* Will form key component of India's strategic arsenal


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