The first batch of intercontinental ballistic missile system ‘Agni-V’ is in the process to be inducted. It will strengthen the country’s military power to a great extent. It has a strike range of 5,000 km and it can carry a nuclear warhead. The missile is being inducted into the elite Strategic Forces Command (SFC).
Before handing the missile to the Strategic Forces Command, a series of user trials are being conducted. As per defence experts, the batch of Agni-V is capable to bring the targets across the neighboring country China including its cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong under its range.
India successfully tested Agni-V off the Odisha coast last month. And now a number of other pre-induction tests are being planned in the next few weeks, said the sources. As per an official, “It is a strategic asset which will act as a deterrent. We are at the fag end of the strategic project.”
Agni-V is considered the most advanced weapon as it is equipped with latest technologies for navigation. It is having the much superior capability of carrying nuclear warhead. Says the sources, Agni-V’s first batch will be handed over to the SFC soon. Agni-V is being included at the time when India’s neighboring country is developing threats against security.
US, China, Russia, France and North Korea already have intercontinental ballistic missiles in their defence system. On the other hand, India has Agni-1 with 700 km range, Agni-2 with a 2,000-km range, Agni-3, and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3,500-km range in its defence system.
For the first time, India tested Agni-V on April 19, 2012. Then the second was conducted on September 15, 2013, the third on 31 January 2015, and the fourth was conducted on December 26, 2016. On January 18, India successfully conducted five trials of Agni-V.
To strengthen the defence capabilities of India, the Indian government is working on multiple projects including integrating the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft. World’s fastest supersonic cruise missile BrahMos’s air-launched version was successfully test fired from Sukhoi-30 fighter jet on November 22. It increasin the AFA’s precise strike capacity. Now, the Ministry of Defence is now speeding up the process of integrating the BrahMos missile on the 40 Sukhoi fighter aircraft.
At present, 40 Sukhoi jet is under structural modifications at the state-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) for integrating BrahMos on it.