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Agni-V launch major milestone: Antony

delhi Updated: Apr 19, 2012 10:06 IST

Defence minister AK Antony on Thursday described the maiden test flight of Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V as an "immaculate success" and a "major milestone".

"The nation stands tall today. We have joined the elite club of nations (to possess the ICBM capability)," Antony told the DRDO chief VK Saraswat on phone after the test flight of the missile was declared successful today.

"The immaculate success of the Agni-V is a major milestone in the country's missile research and development programme," he said.

The about 5,000 km range Agni-V was launched from a test range at Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha at 0807 hours and took 15 minutes to reach its target in Southern Indian Ocean.

The missile achieved all the mission parameters and has turned out to be a huge success, defence ministry officials said.

The launch was cancelled last night due to bad weather and a spate of heavy lightning in the test range.

Antony also spoke to the Agni-V project director Avinash Chander and congratulated his entire team for their hard work and dedication.

DRDO took four years to develop the missile.

In his conversation with Saraswat and Chander, Antony told them that the nation is proud of its defence scientists and recalled the contributions made by former DRDO chiefs, specially M Natarajan, a brain behind success of various projects such as MBT Arjun and pioneering efforts in LCA Tejas and Pinaka MBRL projects.