Monday, December 19, 2011

Agni-V : A Symbol Of India's Super Power Ambition


India is gearing up to test it's most advance 5000 km range Agni-V ballistic missile in February 2012. The Chinese media has named the missile as the 'killer' missile which has the potential to reach several cities in China. The Agni-V is a clear symbol of New Delhi's intention to become major power in the 21st century.

Indian officials and scientists had recently claimed that the indigenously developed Agni-V missile is the 'killer' for a certain country. This obviously shows the intention of seeking regional balance of power in the face of an aggressive China.

India has strategic ambitions in the region and is eager to play an important role in world affairs.

"It is the Indian goal to continue to strengthen the military and possess a military clout that matches it's status as a major power", the write-up in the daily, which is the official organ of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), said.

"However, how many missiles is enough is a question for all governments in the missile era", it said. Chinese media had also reported last month's successful test flight of India's 3000 km range Agni-IV missile. While the Chinese media talks about peace between the two asian giants, it's government spends billions on military budgets.

The Chinese Daily had also quoted "In an era when precision-guided weapons are developing rapidly, everyone with common sense knows that concentrated troops could be eliminated easily,". What the Chinese don't realise that the same piece of advise applies to them also as India too possesses offensive destructive missiles which can eliminate Chinese concentration of troops and tanks.

Chinese Defence analysts have said that the two missiles together has the potential to reach several top Chinese cities.

Analysts also said that while short range missile Agni-I and II are regarded as Pakistan-specific, Agni-III, IV and V are perceived to be China-specific.

The Agni-V is a three stage solid fueled missile with composite motor casing in the third stage. Two stages of this missile are constructed of composite material which will help in reducing weight and increasing range. The Agni-V will be India's first missile to carry multiple warheads (MIRV) which will also deploy countermeasures against anti-ballistic missile systems.

The Agni-V will be a canisterised, road-mobile missile, and in this it will be similar to the Dong Feng-31A. In this it will also differ from its parent, the Agni-III, which is non-canisterised and can only be moved from place to place with some difficulty.

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