Balasore/ New Delhi: In a major boost to India's deterrence capabilities, the strategic forces command on Monday carried out the seventh successful test-firing of the intercontinental ballistic missile Agni-5. The deadly missile with a strike range of over 5,000km is now ready for induction into operational service. 

The induction of the missile into the strategic forces command, which handles the nuclear arsenal of the country, will bring the entire China in its range from anywhere in the country.

"Agni-5, a long-range surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile, was successfully launched from a canister-on-a-road mobile launcher at the Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha, today," a defence ministry spokesperson said.

The launch operations were carried out and monitored by the strategic forces command in the presence of scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and other associated officials.

All the mission objectives were successfully achieved. This launch comes after a series of successful launches of the missile. India’s deterrence capability has been developed indigenously through assiduous efforts of the nation's scientists.