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Agni V

The Agni V is the first Indian intercontinental ballistic missile

 
 
Country of origin India
Entered service ?
Basing Road-mobile
Missile
Missile length 17.5 m
Missile diameter 2 m
Missile launch weight 55 t
Warhead weight 1.5 t
Number of MIRVs 3
Warhead yield ?
Range of fire 5 000 ~ 8 000 km
CEP 10 m
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 600 km

 

   The Agni-V is an Indian intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It belongs to the Agni (meaning 'fire' in Hindi) class of ballistic missiles. The development started in 2007, as a further development of the Agni-III intermediate-range ballistic missile. It took more than 5 years to develop this missile and cost over 25 billion Rupee (about 415 million US Dollars). India conducted their first ICBM test launch in 2012. The second test launch was conducted in 2013 in the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. Third launch was conducted in 2015. It was expected to enter service with the Indian Army by 2015. However as of 2017 it looks like this missile has not been deployed operationally.

   Agni V is the first Indian intercontinental ballistic missile. Once it is deployed India will join the US, UK, Russia, France and China as the only nations possessing this kind of ballistic missiles.

   The Agni-V is a derivative of the previous Agni-III with additional third stage for a longer range. This missile uses solid fuel. This feature allowed to mount the missile on a road-mobile launcher. Also it takes less time to prepare missile for launch. It makes it more effective and easy to use, and that's why, almost all recent intercontinental ballistic missile uses solid fuel.

   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 reaches 800 km and re-enters the Earth's atmosphere to fly towards the target.

   Being fired from a road-mobile launcher, 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 survive the first strike.

   The Agni-5 missile has a range of over 5 000 km. However some experts think that this missile has a potential to reach 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.

   The guidance system consist of an improved inertial navigation system than the other Agni missiles.  It uses a ring laser gyroscope. It can also use GPS navigation system with terminal guidance using possible radar scene correlation. All these guidance systems combined, make the missile extremely accurate. The Agni 5 has a claimed CEP of less than 10 meters. That makes it more accurate than most of the current intercontinental ballistic missiles.

   There is a future option of a submarine-launched variant of the Agni-V.

 

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