In recent times India is moving forward with jet speed in the scientific field. Today India has launched its Agni-V intercontinental airborne missile (ICBM) in its final working configuration from Wheeler Island in Odisha on Monday, flooring the way for its subsequent induction into the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) after user-trials.
The Agni-V missile, which can reach the northernmost parts of China with its strike range of over 5,000 km, was launched from its flask on a launcher truck just after 11 AM. “The test limitations of the missile, which was tested for its full range, are being estimated. It may take some time to say whether it is a success or not”, an official said.
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This is the fourth success in a row for the Agni missile series that can take out targets about 5000 km away. The previous tests were carried out on April 19, 2012, September 15, 2013, and January 31, 2015.
The missile lifted off from a cylinder straddling on a huge Tatra truck. A gas generator at the bottom of the container expelled the 17 m-long, three-stage missile weighing 50 tons. This Agni-V missile is the most innovative, having some new technologies merged into it regarding navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
Once the Agni-V is installed, India will join the super exclusive club of countries with ICBMs alongside the US, Russia, China, France and the UK. Apart from the Prithvi and Dhanush missiles, the SFC has initiated the Agni-I, Agni-II, and Agni-III missiles. While these weapons are mainly geared towards Pakistan, the Agni-IV and Agni-V are specially meant for prevention against China.
Moreover, Indian Defense establishment believes the Agni-V is enough to take care of present threat perceptions. As mentioned earlier DRDO has also done some work on developing intelligent re-entry vehicles and defeat enemy air-to-air missile Defense systems, as well as multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles for the Agni missiles. A MIRV shipment means a single missile is capable of carrying various nuclear missiles, and each programmed to hit several objectives.