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Agni V Induction Likely to Give India Balanced Edge Against China

New Delhi: Induction of Agni V missile into the special forces command (SFC) of the country is likely to give India balanced edge against China. Defence sources said the successful test-firing on Monday will pave the way for user trial of the most potent missile. India successfully test-fired for a second time nuclear-capable Agni V missile on Monday that can reach Beijing and much of Europe, bringing a step closer production of a weapon designed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent.

The three-stage, solid propellant surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 1105 hours, DRDO sources said.

About 17-metre long and weighing over 50 ton, the surface-to-surface missile majestically rose from the confines of its canister flawlessly and achieved all targets, sources in Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) said. A look at the missile’s capabilities:

– The missile has MIRV capabilities, i.e. it can carry multiple warheads to engage with multiple targets.

– It’s an advanced version of Agni missiles with a 3-stage, all composite missile fuelled by solid propellants

– The missile will enhance India’s long-range strike capabilities.

– With a strike range varying between 5,500-5,800 kms, the indigenously-developed Agni V can reach Beijing and all major Chinese cities including country’s northernmost parts.

– After Agni V’s first test in 2012, Chinese official media had claimed that India was underplaying the missile’s hitting capabilities and that Agni V has a range of 8,000 kms and it can easily hit 70 percent of the Europe.

– However, some Chinese expert at the time had questioned on New Delhi’s capabilities to actually use the missile.

– On January 31, 2015, India again successfully test-launched Agni V missile. “The missile, witnessed a flawless ‘auto launch’ and detailed results will be known after all data retrieved from different radars and network systems,” Integrated Test Range director MVKV Prasad had said.

– Currently undergoing various tests, Agni V induction into India’s Strategic Forces Command will give India a balanced edge vis-a-vis China, a capability that Delhi currently lacks. China has long boasting about its ICBMs capablities of reaching all of India.

– PM Narendra Modi has congratulated DRDO and its scientists on the successful test firing of Agni V. The prime minister in his tweet said “Successful test firing of Agni V makes every Indian very proud. It will add tremendous strength to our strategic defence.

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