India will test fire "Agni-V" intercontinental ballistic missile, Indian media: the range is about 5,000 kilometers, covering multiple inland cities in China for the first time
2021-09-15: [Original Article Link].
[Global Times Comprehensive Report] According to the "New India Express" report on the 14th, the Strategic Force Command responsible for managing India's nuclear weapons plans to test-fire the country's domestically produced "Agni-V" intercontinental ballistic missile on the 2 3rd. What excites the Indian media is that this is not only the most important "user test" before the intercontinental missile is delivered to the Indian army, but it will also test the "multi-warhead independent re-entry vehicle (MIRV)" for the first time ", this maximizes India's strategic deterrence capability.
According to the report, the "Agni-V" intercontinental missile has a range of about 5000 kilometers. For the first time, many important inland cities in China have been included in their attack range, thus establishing a "credible nuclear deterrent force". The missile was originally planned to enter service in 2020, but was forced to postpone due to the impact of the Covid epidemic. In order to speed up the service of the missile, the Indian army is preparing to conduct the first user test at the weapon test site near the Odisha coast on the 2 3rd.
Indian Defense Ministry sources said the test of the "Agni-V" missile is important because it will test MIRV technology that can carry multiple warheads. According to the report, this is the most powerful core technology of nuclear power intercontinental missiles. "Traditional missiles can only carry one warhead, while MIRV technology allows missiles to carry multiple warheads to strike different targets, minimizing the need for the number of intercontinental missiles, thereby improving combat readiness." The report quoted Indian experts as saying, "With the mastery of MIRV technology, intercontinental missiles can release multiple warheads at different speeds and directions to strike different targets, the distance of these targets can even be 1500 kilometers apart. It needs to combine large missiles, small warheads, precision guidance and complex mechanisms to release warheads in sequence in flight."
According to the report, the Indian military had previously conducted secret tests on MIRV technology with the help of the launch vehicle "one arrow and multiple stars", but it has not actually tested the intercontinental missile. India source said: "June this year, India's armed forces for the first time in the application of a new type of" fire-P' ballistic missile (ICBM) has successfully tested a MIRV technology. At that time, the missile successfully released two controllable warheads during flight and fell to two different locations." A senior Indian defense official said that "the MIRV capability of 'fire-V' will provide India with a much-needed deterrent, and it is the most powerful 'game changer '".
However, the Indian media admitted that not only the United States, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and China have mastered MIRV technology, but even Pakistan has also rumored to obtain relevant technology. The Pakistani military said that MIRV technology was used when the "Ababel" missile was tested in 2017. (chen shan)
Note: This is auto-translated version of an article meant for Chinese audience. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.