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What is Agni-V all about?

India today tested a new long-range missile capable of delivering a one-tonne nuclear warhead anywhere in regional military rival China.

delhi Updated: Apr 19, 2012 09:14 IST

India on Thursday tested a new long-range missile capable of delivering a one-tonne nuclear warhead anywhere in regional military rival China.

The missile was launched from Wheelers' Island off the coast in Odisha's Bhadrak district.

Here is a look at its salient features:

* Agni-V is India's first long-range missile capable of reaching deep into China and as far as Europe

* It can carry nuclear warheads and has a range of 5,000 km (3,125 miles)

* The launch of the Indian-made Agni V, if successful, would be the crowning achievement of a missile program developed primarily to counter any threat from China

* Only the UN Security Council permanent members - China, France, Russia, the United States and Britain - have such long-range weapons

* The Agni-V weighs 50-tonnes and is 17-metres (56 feet) high. It can be armed with a one-tonne nuclear warhead