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India Readies for Test of 1st Canister-Launch of Agni-V

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  1. tusharm

    tusharm Captain FULL MEMBER

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    India Readies for Test of 1st Canister-Launch of Agni-V | Defenceradar News


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    BALASORE Days after China flight tested an upgraded version of its 10,000-km range Dongfeng-31B missile which can reach most of the US and European cities, India is readying for the first canister-launch of Agni-V missile in a bid to reinforce its nuclear deterrent.

    Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Agni-V can target all of Asia and parts of Africa and Europe. It is part of the Agni series of missiles developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

    Defence sources said, the Agni-V test would be followed by trials of two other variants of Agni missiles and indigenously sub-sonic cruise missile Nirbhay, whose first test had failed last year. Though the test schedules have not been finalised, Agni-V is expected to be launched by end of this month.

    “After the developmental test, the DRDO is likely to carry out the first user associate launch of 4,000-km Agni-IV missile and the armed forces would conduct a user trial of 2,000-km Agni-II missile. Both the tests are being planned in November followed by the second test of Nirbhay missile,” the sources informed.

    Preparation has begun at Wheeler Island test facility off the Odisha coast for the proposed test firing. In June, the DRDO scientist had successfully carried out the final missile ejection test from a canister in simulated conditions. However, all the parameters would have to be met during the actual launch.

    Earlier, the Agni-V missile has been tested successfully twice from mobile launchers. While its first test was conducted on April 19, 2012, second test was carried out on September 15, 2013 from the launching complex-IV of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).

    With a canister-launch system to impart higher road mobility, the missile will give the armed forces greater operational flexibility than the earlier-generation of Agni missiles. The three-stage, 17-metre tall, two-metre wide Agni-V, weighing 50 tonnes, is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of about 1.5 tonnes up to a distance of more than 5,000 km.

    According to DRDO chief Avinash Chander, the missile is among the best in its class in the world with advanced ring-laser gyros, composite rocket motors and highly accurate micro-navigation systems and inertial navigation systems. Its accuracy level is far higher than 700-km range Agni-I, 2,000-km range Agni-II and 3,000-km range Agni-III.

    If fitted with Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs), under development, with each missile being capable of carrying 2 to 10 separate nuclear warheads, the Agni-V can destroy multiple targets, separated by hundreds of kms. Capable of destroying enemy satellites, this missile flies at a speed of Mach 24.

    Source : New Indian Express
    India Readies for Test of 1st Canister-Launch of Agni-V | Defenceradar News
     
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    sangos Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Looks like DRDO finally has its tail on fire:devilwork:
     
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    Once the Agni-V is brought into service we can say that we are a strong force when it comes to missile technology, we will have a good missile offensive capability.

    Mind you we still have some catching up to do - Chinese ICBM DF-31A has been deployed with an MIRV capability & range of 11,000 km, they even test fired an upgraded & more accurate & advanced DF-31B just a week ago.

    Agni - VI will have to get a boost and use complete 3 stage solid based missile rather than 2 solid 1 liquid config, the range of Agni-VI is awesome nonetheless
     
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    tusharm Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Agni 5 is total solid no liquid stage .

    @ 50 tons its range is disputed while the DRDO keep on putting 5000 km + as its range defense analyst put its range to around 8000 km.(even Chinese predict its range @ 8000 km +).

    Also there is no use of developing 6000 km ICBM(AGNI VI) when we already have a 5000 km+ range missile a simple reduction in warhead weight could be enough to increase the range beyond 6000 km + (Agni 5 warhead 1.5 tons).

    These is a speculation that AGNI VI will be the true ICBM in the class of 10k-12k km range with warhead of 3 tons .(again the warhead is a big one compared to all other modern ICBM's in its class ).

    Being a defensive nation we never feel to display our strengths maybe time is changing for Indian Armed Forces !!! . The massive retaliation to PAK when its defense minister is playing the nuke card is one such example .
     
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    venureddy Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    atlast some development in DRDO.
     
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    PatriotSniper 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Yes I know that, I was referring to Agni VI not Agni V

    I dont think we should go simply based on mass and say Agni V has a range of 8000 km. I would also put it at max. 5000-5500 km only. Usually Indian systems aren't as efficient as the foreign as yet so I dont think mass directly translates to range, it take missiles after Agni VI when we can purely translate mass to distance

    Agni VI range I believe will be 10,o00 km but the major problem is the 3rd liquid stage, no telling how long it will take to fuel the stage, if it is anything less than 15 minutes then it shouldn't be a problem otherwise it could delay launch

    I dont understand why these pakistani say we are a N-state, N-state and froth their mouth

    "AREEE BHAI HUMARA DESH BHI NUCLEAR STATE HAI, KYA PAGALO KI TARA BAAT KARTE HOON"
     
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    The third liquid stage is still a puzzle for me , why do we need a third liquid stage ???

    The only possible explanation is a better control of warhead & maneuverability which can be achieved easily using a third liquid stage.
    Russians are also thinking about reactivating/rebuilding their liquid fueled ICBM's for the same purpose.

    The third stage liquid doesn't mean that we need to refuel the stage when we need to launch , nowadays the technology is advance enough to have an active liquid stage rocket stored for long time.The same reason Russians are also thinking about liquid fueled ICBM's as there is no need for refueling ICBM's now.
     
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    In that case Agni VI's range will definitely be atleast 10,000 km
     
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    shhh PatriotSniper its a secret
     
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    PatriotSniper 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Slight correction from my side, Indian solid propellant & liquid propellant/engine technology is as efficient as the foreign ones, no doubt. Did some fact checks so we can assume Agni V to be 5500+ km
     
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