The missile, the first with an all-composite rocket motor, and several improvements over the baseline Agni-III configuration, is a three-stage solid fueled weapon system that can be launched from a road-mobile canister launcher, giving it a crucial flexibility of deployment. Dr Avinash Chander, who oversees the Agni programme, announced that the test had gone like clockwork, and that "every system has performed precisely as planned".
The Agni-V was to have been tested at dusk on April 18, but was called off as a result of a thunderstorm with heavy lightning that could have disrupted observation and telemetry work critical to a missile or flight test. The decision to postpone the test was taken by the Integrated Test Range, with approval from the DRDO leadership which has camped at Wheelers Island off the coast of Odisha for the past several days. A second test of the Agni-V is expected not long from now, though the team hasn't put down a fixed timeframe. Studied and analysis of the successful debut test will occupy a large part of the next two-three weeks.