INDIA’S LONGEST RANGE MISSILE DEBUTS AT REPUBLIC DAY PARADE
This Republic Day the Indian Government showcased the Agni-V, the country’s longest range nuclear ballistic missile, capable of hitting pretty much any target in China. With a range of nearly 6,000 km and the capacity to deliver a 1.5-tonne nuclear warhead, the Agni-V was a head-turner at this year’s ceremonial parade on Rajpath. Footage of the missile trundling down the VVIP avenue were flashed on Chinese state television stations, sparking almost as much interest as the missile did during its debut—and so far only—test-firing in April 2012. While the precise range of the missile remains classified, there has been speculation— including by Chinese thinktanks, that the Agni-V’s range could be in excess of 8,000 km. The Agni-V is likely to be tested once again this year before being officially handed over to the country’s Strategic Forces Command, currently headed by Vice Admiral S.P.S. Cheema. As far as the Agni-V is concerned; future technologies will include multiple independent reentry vehicles (MIRVs) and an improved navigation system.
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