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Success of Agni-5 a major milestone in India’s quest to its security: PM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, April 19, IRNA -- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday hailed the test firing of Inter Continental Ballistic Missile Agni V saying that this represented another milestone in India's quest to add to the credibility of its security and preparedness.

Soon after the launch of Agni V, he congratulated the scientists who had worked tirelessly and called up DRDO chief V K Saraswat in this regard.

'Today's successful Agni V test launch represents another milestone in our quest to add to the credibility of our security and preparedness and to continuously explore the frontiers of science,' he added.

'I congratulate all the scientific and technical personnel of the DRDO and other organisations who have worked tirelessly in our endeavour to strengthen the defence and security of our country,' the Prime Minister said in his message.

The nation stands together in honouring the scientific community, the Prime Minister said.

Earlier, Defence Minister A K Antony described the maiden test flight of Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-5 as an 'immaculate success' and a 'major milestone'.

'The nation stands tall today. We have joined the elite club of nations (to possess the ICBM capability),' Antony told the DRDO Chief, Dr V K Saraswat, on phone after the test flight of the missile was declared successful today.

'The immaculate success of the Agni-5 is a major milestone in the country's missile research and development programme,' he said.

India on Thursday conducted a successful test-fire of its indigenously developed nuclear capable 'Agni-V' ballistic missile with a strike range of over 5,000 km from a test range off Odisha coast.

The successful trial of Agni-V, considered by many to be having the features of Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), demonstrated giant strides taken by India in its integrated missile development programme.

Only the United States, Russia, France and China possess the capability to operate an ICBM at present.

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

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