Integrated Missile Development Program, the ambitions project led by the missile man of India and former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, is taking a new leap after AGNI-5 missile has been reported to be tested. The missile is an intercontinental ballistic missile, which can target Beijing and other neighbouring territories around India. The trail launch will be conducted at the end of December or January beginning.
Well, it is not the first test of this missile, the missile was earlier tested in 2012, 2013 and in 2015 the canisterized version of the missile was tested. The missile will be used by Strategic Force Commands and this trail will be conducted to check its full range i.e. 5000 kms. The missile will be of the longest range and most advanced indigenous missile in the Indian defence history. Some key points about AGNI 5 missile are:
- It is produced by Defence Research and Development Organization.
- It has a range of 5,000 kms.
- It is a three-stage missile that can carry 1,000 kgs of warhead.
The missile has 4 previous versions also. AGNI 1, 2, 3 and 4 and all four are operational in the Armed Forces of India. All four previous versions have different range of striking. AGNI 1 is a medium range missile, while AGNI 2, 3 and 4 are intermediate range ballistic missiles. Another version of AGNI i.e. AGNI 6 is under production and will have extended range then AGNI 5. The range of the missile is expected to reach about 10,000 kms, covering almost all neighbouring continents of India.
Another eye catching event that held in the past few days was the trail of Beyond Visual Range Air To Air Missile (BVRAAM) Astra missile. The missile was test fired over an actual target in a full operational configuration to test the aerodynamic characteristics of the missile. The target decided for the missile test was a Pilotless Target Aircraft and the mission was declared successful. The missile has a range of 80 kms in head on mode and 20 kms in tail chase mode. The test was conducted from the Su -30 MKI and sources are alleging the news of extension of its compatibility in LCA Tejas aircraft. Some key points about the missile are
- It can carry explosives of 15 kgs
- It is a solid fuel propellant.
- Terminal Active Radar-Seeker and Mid-Course Internal Guidance System to strike the target correctly.
- It has Single Shot Kill Probability feature.
The missile has been under testing phase from the last few years and India is raising its arms strength by raising more advanced versions of the missiles. The missiles will be a signal to all he nations trying to counter India. Currently the developed nations have an intercontinental ballistic missile, but the successful induction of AGNI 5 will boost the deterrence power of the Armed Forces and will be the ace of the defence forces. Moreover, the further modernisation and advancement in the weapons will bring new thrust in the level of power of India.