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MIRVs to Make India's 'Agni' ICBM More Potent

Sputnik News

15:29 27.12.2016(updated 15:33 27.12.2016)

After the successful test launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Agni 5, India will now work on improving the warhead. The next version with MIRVs will be called Agni 6.

New Delhi (Sputnik) – India's defense research body, Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) has begun work on the Agni 6 missile. It will be an intercontinental ballistic missile with an improved warhead capable of maneuvering or intelligent re-entry vehicles to defeat the enemy's ballistic missile shield.

Agni 6 will have the capacity to drop multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRV) bombs whose numbers are expected to beat the adversary's defense systems.

India on Monday had successfully test fired the Agni 5 from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast. This was the final delivery version that was tested in the mobile-on-road configuration. The ICBM is now ready for the user trials by the Indian defense forces and with a range of over 5000 km, it is India's longest range surface-to-surface missile.

India's Strategic Forces Command has till now inducted the missiles Agni 1, Agni 2 and Agni 3 and will soon induct the Agni 4 and Agni 5.

The Agni 5 has been developed keeping China in mind as its ambit covers most parts of that country.

The Agni series of missiles has been developed by DRDO and is part India's expensive and time-consuming quest for an integrated guided missile defense system.


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