The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Thursday denied reports of a possible test-flight of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Agni-V. DRDO Chief G Satheesh Reddy told India Today that there are no plans to test the nuclear-capable missile for another 20 days.
The latest development comes weeks after the DRDO handed over Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) System to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The Agni-V test in the coming days could indicate an early induction of the system into the armed forces.
The test, which could be conducted in October, has already been delayed. It was supposed to take place in 2020 but was deferred due to Covid-19. The missile will be tested with Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicles (MIRV).
The Agni-V ICBM has been developed by DRDO and Bharat Dynamics Limited. It weighs close to 50,000 kilograms. The missile is 1.75 meters tall with a diameter of 2 metres. A 1,500-kilogram warhead will be placed on top of the three-stage rocket boosters that are powered by solid fuel.
Scientists have said that at its fastest the ICBM will be 24 times faster than the speed of sound travelling 8.16 kilometres per second, achieving a high speed of 29,401 kilometres per hour.