Indian Defence Minister AK Antony today said the country must have a ballistic missile with 5,000-km range
. After presenting the DRDO awards today, Antony called upon the organisation to quickly deliver the Agni-V missile
"DRDO must demonstrate its capability to reach the range of 5,000-km at the earliest. The interceptor missile development programme has taken India to an elite club of nations that possess the capability to demonstrate and deploy missile defence. DRDO should now work towards developing a credible ballistic missile defence for our country," Antony said.
Speaking to reporters later, DRDO chief Vijay Kumar Saraswat said that the Agni-V test launch will take place before the end of this year.
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