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'India plans to test fire Agni 5 next month:'

india Updated: Feb 13, 2012 21:48 IST

Indian plans to test-fire the 5,000-km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile, Agni 5 next month, a top defence official said today.

"Right now we are doing integration in respect of Agni 5," V K Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister, told reporters on the sidelines of a function to mark the silver jubilee of Defence Avionics and Research Establishment, a lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation.

"Integration of Agni 5 is on, one at Hyderabad and the other at Wheeler Island. Later part of March we will be launching this ICBM...", Saraswat, also DRDO chief, said.

For the launch, DRDO "will need major support from ships... So, we have to tie-up with other services. Ships are one of factors," he said.

Responding to questions, Saraswat said the naval version of the Light Combat Aircraft should take to the skies on its maiden flight in a month's time.

"Already, taxiing trials are underway. There are differences between the naval and air force versions of the LCA. So, before going to the flight, we have to ensure that those differences (systems, equipment) are working. So we are now testing all the different systems," he said.