“The Agni-V originally has the capability to reach targets 8,000 km away, but the Indian government had deliberately downplayed the missile’s strength so as to avoid causing concern to other countries The Agni-5 missile has a range of over 5 000 km. However some experts interpret that this missile has a potential to touch up to 8 000 km. It is likely that Indian Government deliberately downplayed capability of this ICBM in order to avoid causing concerns to other countries.
This missile can carry a payload of about 1 500 kg. It carries three independently targetable Reentry Vehicles (MIRVs). Each one of this RVs is armed with a nuclear warhead. It has a top speed is Mach 24, which make it nearly impossible to intercept or destroy the missile once it reaches maximum speed. And there are no know air defense systems that can intercept such a fast missile.One would easily point out, because comparisons have been done to the DPRK (North Korea) and its actions, that India’s record explains in stark contrast to that of North Korea The success of Agni-V has, meanwhile, opened up possibilities for the Indian defense scientists to put efforts into the domain where they could come up with a single ballistic missile to eliminate multiple targets, launch mini satellites and destroy “enemy” satellites in the orbit.The first stage propels the missile up to 40 km height. The second and third stages take it into 150 km and 300 km of height respectively. The missile finally touches 800 km and re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere to run towards the target. Being fired from a road-mobile simulator, the Agni-V could be fired from any place in India.
Typically road mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles are harder to detect and destroy. And that gives the Agni 5 the ability to win the existence in the first strike.The US, which has tried to project India as a counterweight to China, refused to criticize New Delhi for the missile launch. Agni-V is a single warhead missile but it will help the ongoing Multiple Independently Targetable Re-Entry Vehicle (MIRV) project whose primary modules are at an advanced stage of development, Avinash Chander, chief controller (missiles and strategic systems) of the DRDO, said.
Written By: Suraj Srivastava