The successful test-firing of Agni-V paves the way for the country to develop the next series of missiles that qualifies India for the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile tag. Agni-V falls a little short in range to qualify India for the ICBM club. China is the only country in Asia to possess 5,000 km plus range missiles. Agni-V can hit a number of places at a time, as it carries many warheads.
Although the DRDO calls the Agni-5 an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), its range of 5,000 km puts it — by most conventional measures —in the class of intermediate range ballistic missiles (IRBMs), which have ranges of 3,000-5,500 km. The Agni-5’s range is carefully calibrated; it can reach targets anywhere except for America and Australia. This would allow it to strike all of India’s potential adversaries, even as friendly capitals in Western Europe and the US stay out of range. DRDO sources say that, in case of need, the Agni-5 could easily be ramped up into an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), with a range of more than 5,500 km.
|SKY IS THE LIMIT
With the successful test-firing of Agni V, India has proved it is not a laggard in developing high-end technology. With this missile launch, the country joins the elite missile club of the US, Russia, Franceand China
|CATEGORY Surface-to-surface inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM)|
|RANGE Over 5,000 km. It can hit targets in China, including Beijing, eastern Europe, east Africa and the Australian coast|
|FUEL Solid-fuelled,three-stage missile|
|LAUNCH WEIGHT 50 tonnes, including a 1.5 tonne warhead|
|DEVELOPED by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)|