The test-launch, done from Wheeler Island at 8:43 am, off the Odisha coast, for the second time in two years, is seen as a major step in India's efforts to become a regional power that can counter the dominance of China.(Pics: Test-launch of Agni-5)
The Agni-5 is about 17 meters long and weighs 50 tons. It is a three-stage missile designed to carry an over 1 ton warhead with a range of 5,000 kilometers, allowing it the farthest reach among all Indian missiles.
The versatile missile system can be launched from a road mobile vehicle or even from a special railway wagon where it can be kept hidden and moved around at will. (Missiles of the world: a look at countries' nuclear arsenals)
The first test of the Agni-5 missile was conducted on April 19, 2012 when the guidance system - critical in determining the efficiency of missile - worked perfectly.
Agni-5 gives India the ability to launch nuclear weapons from land at will from any where in India. It will give India the ability to hit back or have second-strike capability even after a nuclear
The INS Arihant, an indigenously-made nuclear-powered submarine is undergoing sea trials and expected to join the Indian Navy by 2016-2017. (Nuclear reactor on INS Arihant goes critical; huge step forward for India's N-triad)
India has also proven its ability to launch nuclear missiles from under the sea. Over a dozen successful test of K-15 missiles - nuclear missiles which can be launched from a submarine - have been conducted in the last several years.
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