India, Oct. 28 -- The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) conducted the first user trial of the Agni V ballistic missile from APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha on Thursday evening to validate the night operations with the missile reaching its target 5000 km away within the stipulated time.

The missile, which was tracked by telemetry and radar ships of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), took perfect flight trajectory as per accorded parameters and hit the target within 15 to 18 minutes. This was the eighth successful trial of the ballistic missile, which is at the core of India's minimum deterrence in the background of Chinese increased intermediate range ballistic missile capability and Pakistan's nuclear ambition.

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