India test-fired the Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile on Jan. 18. It has a strike range of over 5,000 kilometers from eastern India's Odisha coast.
The missile test is dubbed as another step towards its eventual induction into the Strategic Forces Command (SFC). A few more trials will be conducted before the 50-ton missile is produced in adequate numbers for induction. The tri-Service SFC was established in 2003 to manage India's nuclear arsenal.
"We have successfully launched the nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V today," media reports quoted Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as saying.
As well as the shorter-range "Prithvi" and "Dhanush" missiles, the SFC has already inducted the "Agni-I," "Agni-II" and "Agni-III" missiles in its arsenal.