India successfully test fired Agni-V, India’s most potent long range nuclear capable ballistic missile, from a defence base at Wheeler Island of Odisha coast.
The Agni-V launch is the fourth developmental and second canisterised trial of the long-range missile. The first test was carried out on April 19, 2012, the second on September 15, 2013 and the third on January 31, 2015 from the same base.
Agni-V is billed as India’s answer to the Chinese DF-26 Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM).
Here are 10 points that makes it unique and India a missile superpower:
1. The Agni V is an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 5,500 to 5,800 km.
2. At 17-metre tall, Agni V reportedly weighs in 50 tonnes and can carry nuclear warhead of about 1.5 tonnes up to a distance of more than 5,000 kms, which means it has capability to strike targets anywhere in all of Asia and parts of Africa, Europe and cover a large part of China.
3. Agni-V has been incorporated with advanced technologies in terms of advanced navigation system, very high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and the most modern and accurate Micro Navigation System (MINS).
4. The high-speed on board computer and fault tolerant software, along with robust and reliable bus, guides Agni-V flawlessly.
5. The surface-to-surface missile is a fire-and-forget system that cannot be easily detected as it follows a ballistic trajectory.
6. The missile will give India long-range strike capability and will balance out China’s military muscle.
7. Once the Agni-V is inducted, India will join the super exclusive club of countries with ICBMs (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500km) alongside the US, Russia, China, France and the UK.
8. Agni-V is also capable of carrying “multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles.”
9. In the series, Agni-1 has a 700-km range, Agni-2 has a 2,000 km range, and Agni-3 and Agni-4 have a 2,500 km to more than 3,500 km range.