Agni-V to be inducted in nuclear arsenal very soon

Agni-V to be inducted in nuclear arsenal very soon

India is in the process of inducting the first batch of its intercontinental ballistic missile system (ICBM) – Agni-V – into the nuclear arsenal very soon, which will bring targets across China within its range, and is expected to significantly bolster the country’s military prowess.

  • The missile system, capable of carrying nuclear warhead, is being inducted into the elite Strategic Forces Command.
  • It has been successfully test-fired six times & all the tests have been successful.
  • Other pre-induction tests are being planned in next few weeks.

Agni-V has strike range of 5,000 km

Agni-V Missile Range

  • With a strike range of 5,000 km, Agni-V is capable of bringing targets across China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, under its range
  • India currently has Agni-1 with a 700-km range, Agni-2 with a 2,000-km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with a 2,500-km to more than 3,500-km range
  • The Agni-V actually has the potential to reach targets 8,000 km away, but the Indian government had deliberately downplayed the missile’s capability in order to avoid causing concern to other countries.

Improved accuracy

  • The official said the missile features the latest technologies for navigation and improved accuracy.
  • The Agni series of missiles constitute the backbone of India’s nuclear weapons delivery, which also includes the Prithvi short-range ballistic missiles and fighter aircraft.
  • The submarine-based nuclear arsenal, which assures second strike capability in the face of the proclaimed no-first-use policy, is taking shape.

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