Home20% weight reduced Agni-V can now strike beyond 7000km20% weight reduced, Agni-V can now strike targets beyond 7,000 km

20% weight reduced, Agni-V can now strike targets beyond 7,000 km

Source : India Today

20% weight reduced, Agni-V can now strike targets beyond 7,000 km
Agni-V ICBM (ET Defence File Photo)

India will now be able to strike targets beyond 7,000 km with the weight of the Agni-V missile reduced significantly. The Defence Research and Development Organisation, or DRDO, has been able to reduce the weight of the missile by replacing its steel content with composite materials, defence officials said.

“The weight reduction that has been achieved in the missile system is beyond 20 per cent and if the government wants, the nuclear-capable strategic missile can go beyond 7,000 km,” they added.

Earlier, such modifications have helped reduce the weight and extend the range of the strategic missiles – the Agni-III, which weighs around 40 tonnes, can strike targets at 3,000 km, while the Agni-IV, weighing slightly more than 20 tonnes, can cover a much longer range.

The extended range of the missile, which is part of the Strategic Forces Command, will give a variety of options to the planners during times of conflict.

India’s nuclear weapons programme is mainly deterrence against its adversaries, including China and Pakistan, as it has a no-first-use policy.

India is strengthening its second strike capability and working on the development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. The decision to test the missile for its new maximum possible range will have to be taken by the government, sources said. India successfully carried out night trials of the Agni-V missile at its full range of 5,400 km on Thursday. The test was carried out to validate new technologies and equipment on the missile which are now lighter than before.

In October last year, India carried out the successful launch of the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-V from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.

The missile, which uses a three-stage solid-fuelled engine, is capable of striking targets up to 5,000 km with a very high degree of accuracy, the defence ministry said in a statement.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Aatmanirbhar Bharat


HAL marching ahead for Tejas Mk2 Assembly: First Flight Scheduled for 2026

Source : IgMp BureauThe Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is making significant strides in the assembly of the Tejas Mk2, the Indian Air Force's (IAF)...

BEL unveils indigenous EMALS system for future Indian Navy Aircraft Carriers at MTEX-24 in presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Source : IgMp BureauIn a significant development, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has introduced its indigenous Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) for future Indian Navy...

AMCA 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Updates

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Archive Months


IAF may go for 6 more EMB-145 aircraft based Netra Mk 1 AEW&CS : Fabrication of 6 Netra Mk2 Radar Antennas starts

Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU)India's first indigenously designed AEW&C system Netra Mk-1, which is incorporated into an Embraer EMB-145The DRDO’s Center for Airborne...

Zen Technologies bags more Orders from MoD

On September 5, Zen Technologies made headlines by securing a substantial Rs 123.3 crore order from the Indian Defense Ministry. Just days before,...

Taliban talks peace, urges Pakistan and Iran to show restraint

Amid heightened tensions between Pakistan and Iran, Afghanistan's Taliban administration has urged the two countries to show restraint.Taliban spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi on Thursday...
Ads Blocker Image Powered by Code Help Pro

Ads Blocker Detected!!!

We have detected that you are using extensions to block ads. Please support us by disabling these ads blocker.

error: Content is protected !!