India yesterday successfully test fired its nuclear capable AGNI IV ballistic Simile from the Wheeler Islands off the Odisha coast. The missile with a strike range of 4000 kms has been cleared for its induction into the country's strategic missile arsenal.
India's nuclear deterrence against its neighbor China became a tad more credible after the missile was tested with its full deliverable configuration by the tri-service Strategic Forces Command (SFC). Over the past 4 years, one of the missile had failed and three consecutive successful 'developmental trials'. The three trials were held in November 2011, September 2012 and January 2014.
Yesterday's missile was tested for a range of only 3000 kms and it will take DRDO another year or two to achieve the missiles full potential. There were no glitches during the missile entire parabolic flight path which was monitored by long range radars and electro-optical systems all along India's eastern coastline.
The DRDO will in a month or so also test the 5000 km Agni-V ballistic missile which will be the country's first true ICBM (Inter Continental Ballistic Missile). The three stage Agni-V ICBM is expected to join missile forces by the year 2017. The Strategic Force Command has already inducted the Pakistan centric Agni-I, II & III and also the Prithvi Missile into its missile force.
Pakistan has overtaken India in terms of the number of missiles and nuclear warheads with covert help from China and North Korea. There was no way Pakistan could have developed Nuclear and Missile technology on its own without having to either steal or buy it from the international black market countries like China and North Korea. Pakistan's disgraced Nuclear Scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan has admitted to covertly stealing Nuclear Technology from Europe to develop Pakistan's Nuclear Programme. In return for stealing technology from Europe, he was hailed as a national hero in Pakistan.
The Agni-IV and V missiles are specifically made to deter China, which can target any Indian city with it formidable inventory of missiles. The soon to happen Agni-V missile test will happen in a Canister which if successful will make it Road-Mobile and can be transported to any part of the country thus making it difficult for the enemy to track.
The Agni-IV missile is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics, 5th generation on-board computer system and distributed architecture. DRDO scientists are now in the process of developing 'maneuvering warheads' or in other words 'intelligent re-entry' vehicles to defeat enemy anti-ballistic missile systems. A single missile with a MIRV (Multiple Independently Targetable Re-Entry Vehicle) will provide India the advantage of delivering multiple-nuclear warheads on multiple targets with a single missile.
TOTAL NUCLEAR WARHEADS IN THE WORLD ::
Russia - 8000 (deployed 1600)
United States 7300 (deployed 1920)
France - 300
China - 250
UK - 225
Pakistan - 100-120
India - 90-110
Israel - 80
N Korea - 6-8
AGNI-IV FACTS ::
1. Agni-IV can carry a 1 tonne nuclear warhead.
2. It stands 20 meter tall and is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics, 5th generation on-board computer system and distributed architecture.
3. It has a unique feature to correct and guide itself through in-flight disturbances.
4. The outer shield protecting the Agni-IV missile is capable of withstanding high temperatures that may reach as high as 4000 degrees centigrade during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
5. For now Agni-IV is India's longest range missile as the Agni-V is still undergoing trials