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Mission Divyastra: PM Modi is proud of the DRDO and claims the Agni-5 missile's first flight test was successful.

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On March 11, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that the maiden flight test of the Agni-5 missile, which is being constructed in India, had been successfully completed by DRDO scientists as part of Mission Divyastra.

The Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology was tested by the scientists. With the Mission Divyastra test, India has become one of the few countries with MIRV capability. "Proud of our DRDO scientists for Mission Divyastra, the first flight test of indigenously developed Agni-5 missile with Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology," Prime Minister Modi stated on X.

What is Agni-5?

The goal of the Agni V project is to strengthen India's nuclear deterrence against China, which is reported to possess missiles with ranges of 12,000–15,000 km, such as the Dongfeng-41. Agni V's striking range encompasses nearly all of Asia, including parts of Europe and the northernmost section of China.

The Agni 1 to 4 missiles are already in service and have a range of 700 to 3,500 kilometers. An analogous missile test was conducted by India in October of the previous year. India's military capabilities were enhanced in June when the nuclear-capable Agni-4 ballistic missile was successfully launched at night. Following the test, India's policy of possessing a "credible minimum deterrence capability" was reaffirmed, according to the ministry of defense. High accuracy sensor packages and native avionics systems make up this system. This guarantees that the re-entry vehicles arrived at the designated locations with the appropriate precision.