India successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile and entered a select club of countries that have such weapons. The test comes at a time when ties with neighboring China and Pakistan are tense
The Agni 5 rocket was successfully tested on January 18, reaching a target of more than 4,800 kilometers in 19 minutes, according to the Indian Defense Ministry.
Agni 5 was launched from a mobile launcher. Thus, India becomes the fifth country in the world to hold such functional weapons, alongside China, the US, North Korea and Russia. There are other states, such as the United Kingdom, France or Pakistan, who have nuclear weapons, but not ballistic missiles that can be launched offshore. These countries rely on submarines and bombers in the event of a nuclear attack.
Agni 5 has a length of 16.7 meters, three steps and is capable of carrying a load of 1.5 tons.