India: The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), is set to conduct the first canister-based trial of the Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), off the Odisha coast on 31 January. During the test, the nuclear-capable missile will be launched in the final induction configuration from a canister mounted on a road-mobile launcher.
An official source has revealed that Radars, telemetry and electro-optical tracking systems will be spread out and deployed in a manner that will ensure 'repeatability' of data. An advanced high-end telemetry system will be used to its full capacity to collect flight data. During the test, the three-stage, solid-fuelled missile is expected to carry a dummy payload that will be pushed out of canister by a gas generator, which will provide a force equivalent from 300t to 370t.
According to The Hindu, DRDO missile technologists have also conducted two missile-ejection tests from a canister in simulated conditions to evaluate various parameters. The 17m-long Agni-V is an indigenously developed ICBM that can carry a payload of 1.1t. It has a strike range of 5,000km.
Source: The Hindu