India has successfully tested Agni V, the fifth ballistic missile from the Agni series of nuclear missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. The tremendous launch of the missile was met with great appreciation from the government as well as from experts around the world.
To sum it up here are a few noteworthy things about the glorious Agni V:
- Agni V is an intercontinental ballistic missile with an estimated range of over 5,000 km which means it can cover the whole of Asia including China, Pakistan and parts of Europe as well.
- The test was performed from the Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha and was the fourth test launch of the missile and was tested from a canister giving it an all weather and any terrain mobile launch capability.
- The system follows the ballistic trajectory which means the missile is a fire-and-forget system which cannot be detected easily.
- Since it is a ballistic missile, it reaches the peak of its trajectory and turns towards the earth to hit the target with an increased speed due to the attraction of earth’s gravitational pull.
- During re-entry, rubbing of the atmospheric air raises the temperature of the skin of missile beyond 4000 degree Celsius but the carbon-carbon heat shield used in the missile helps in maintaining the inside temperature below 50 degree Celsius.
- The test launch also affirmed the accuracy of the employed Micro Navigation System (MINS) and Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) in the missile by landing within few meters of the target.
- Four of the previous Agni missiles have been included into the Strategic Forces Command of India and after this trial, Agni V is expected to join the arsenal soon.
The results that the Agni V displayed caught the eyes of experts from all over the world. Take a look at these:
“China and India are large developing nations. We are not competitors but partners. We believe that both sides should cherish the hard-won good state of affairs at present, and work hard to uphold friendly strategic co-operation to promote joint development and make positive contributions towards maintaining peace and stability in the region.”
Liu Weimin, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry
“The launch marked the moment India joined an “elite nuclear club” that also included China, Russia, France, the US, the UK and possibly Israel.”
British Broadcasting Channel
“We urge all nuclear-capable states to exercise restraint regarding nuclear capabilities. That said, India has a solid non-proliferation record.”
Mark C. Toner, a US State Department spokesman
Suffice it to say that India has gate-crashed into the exclusive world of nuclear elites such as US, UK, Russia, and France. The missile will not only be a boon to the Indian Armed Forces but it is also an ode to the brilliance and talent of the scientists of the nation.
With India being the first Asian nation to reach the Mars orbit within a budget lesser than it took to make the movie Gravity, the development of successful indigenous technologies speaks miles about India’s self-reliance as well as efficiency.
It proved the mettle of our scientists and of the nation as well.
Heartiest congratulations, India.
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