India conducts fourth test launch of Agni-V  intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in its final operational configuration from Wheeler Island off Odisha on Monday.

The Agni-V, is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km away. It is about 17-metre long, 2-metre wide and has launch weight of around 50 tonnes. The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.

Successful test firing of Agni V makes every Indian very proud. It will add tremendous strength to our strategic defence.

The successful test firing of Agni V is the result of the hardwork of DRDO & its scientists. I congratulate them.  PM Narendra Modi

Congratulations DRDO for successfully test firing Agni V. It will enhance our strategic and deterrence  capabilities.- President Pranav Mukherjee

DRDO successfully flight tests Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon

The Defence and Research Development Organization (DRDO) yesterday successfully flight tested the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), from an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft. SAAW, an indigenously designed and developed 120 kg. class smart weapon, developed by DRDO, is capable of engaging ground targets with high precision up to a range of 100 kms. The light weight high precision guided bomb is one of the world class weapons systems.

The captive and release trials were tracked by Radar and Telemetry ground stations at ITR during the entire duration of the flight. The performance of all systems were satisfactory with all the mission objectives achieved.

Secretary, Department of Defence (R&D) & Chairman, DRDO, Dr S. Christopher, congratulated DRDO and the IAF teams for the successful mission.

Scientific Advisor to RM and DG (Missile and Strategic Systems), DRDO, Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, lauded the scientific community of the DRDO for their efforts towards the design and development of this state-of-the-art smart weapon within the set time frame.

There has been many recent argument over its range where many has speculate it to be over 8,000 Km range which is supposedly claimed by chinese analysts. More the Better, we guess!
The nuclear-capable Agni-V, which can even reach the northernmost parts of China with its strike range of over 5,000-km, was test-fired from its canister on a launcher truck just after 11 am. “All the test parameters of the missile, which was tested for its full range, were successfully achieved. The missile splashed down near Australian waters,” said an official.