AGNI-V is an intercontinental ballistic missile ( having range of 5500 kilometers or more) developed by the DRDO-Defense Research and Development Organization of India. Before Agni-V India’s longest missile was Agni-III which had a range of 3000-3500 Km. On January 18th 2018 the fifth test on AGNI-V was conducted in which it travelled 4900 Km in 19 minutes. Agni-V was launched from a road-mobile launcher from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha. The missile moved to a height of over 600km in a parabolic trajectory and then landed covering 4,900km in the descent .
AGNI-V is primarily being tested for enhancing nuclear deterrence against China. Agni-III had a range of 1500 Km and it couldn’t target the extreme eastern and north-eastern parts of China. With AGNI-V in action India could target all parts of China. Another pre-induction trail is planned for Agni-V within a year. The 5000 Km strike will also cover entire Asia and parts of Europe and Africa.
There is a long way to go as India has a modest arsenal as compared to China, which has their deadliest missile named Dong-Feng 41 and its range is 14,500 Km. The pre-induction trial was conducted by the SFC i.e the Strategic Forces Command which forms the part of NCA(Nuclear Command Authority). The SFC is responsible for management and administration of country’s strategic nuclear weapons stock.