Agni-V and Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile are the two India’s longest-range missiles and the DRDO(Defence Research and Development Organization) is considering to conduct an important test of these two India’s longest range and most potent Agni-V and Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) K-4 this January.
Once they join the two nuclear-capable home-grown tactical missiles to be tested in the first month of the mission calendar, there is a possibility of adding more teeth to the Armed Forces.
Prior going into the series of production 5000 kilometers away Agni-V will be the first user-companion test, the successful test of a missile with a 3,500-km-long horizon-4, will pave the path for the development of its long-distance sibling K-5 having the strike range of more than 5,000 km, revealed the defence sources.
As per the defence official, New Delhi said, “The missile systems are ready. We are expecting the launch schedule in next few days. The Agni-V will be fired from a canister and the K-4 from an underwater pontoon (replica of a submarine). Both the missions are crucial for the defence preparedness.”
The production of this missile will prove a game changer. It is 17 meters long and two meters wide three-stage solid-fuelled Agni-V Missile. It can carry a heavy load of 1,500 kg.
Once MIRVs get fitted with the missile, the payload becomes heavier. The missile is of 50-tonne and is capable to destroy the target placed in any Asian countries, and in the parts of Africa and Europe as well. As the anti-satellite variant of the long-range weapon system is possible, then DRDO will definitely look to develop most complex variant i.e., Agni-V.
However, currently, DRDO is focusing on to integrate missile system with multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles(MIRVs) with maneuvering warheads that will be capable to destroy ballistic missile for an enemy. As the last attempt of K-4 made on December 17 was failed, now scientists are keeping their eyes to make it successful. Due to some technical issues, this couldn’t be launched from Bay of Bengal(off the Vizag coast). This it needs some more development.
This missile is capable to carry weight up to 2,000 kg as it is 12 meters tall and having the weight of 17 tonnes and is powered. Y solid rocket propellent.
In three dimensions, an innovative system of interlacing, the maneuverable missile can cruise at a hyper-speed, and this extraordinary feature makes difficult to track it and destroyed by any ballistic missile defense system.
With developing these two missiles, India will make its place in the club of nations Russia, US, France, UK, and China. This club has the capability to fire nuclear-tipped missiles from air, land, and undersea. India’s position after the development of these two missiles will be strengthened.