After India successfully test fired its first Inter Continental Ballistic Missile, Agni-V, Pakistan has said that it intends to launch a long-range missile test. The neighbour has informed India that it intends to launch a long-range missile test in the Indian Ocean over the next 5 days.
Pakistan has asked New Delhi to issue a notice to all commercial flight companies to steer clear of the region. The move by Pakistan comes just 5 days after India test fired Agni-V to join the elite group of ICBM countries. Agni-V, the ICBM test fired by India 5 days ago, is capable of carrying atomic warheads and will be vital for India’s defence against China. The missile can carry a pay-load of 1 tonne, is 17 m long, 2 m wide and weighs 50 tonnes. After the missile is inducted into India’s strategic forces by 2014-2015, India will get a strong deterrent capacity against China.
Agni-V can cover whole China, Eastern Europe, North Eastern and Eastern Africa and even Australia if fired from the Nicobar Islands. Only the permanent associates of the UN Security Council – China, Russia, France, the United States and the United Kingdom – have such long-distance missiles. Israel, too, is believed to posses ICBMs although there’s no formal proof of the same.
The missile has a range of 5,000 kms, a marked improvement over India’s latest missiles which can hit potential opponent targets over a distance of just 3,500 kms.