Indian-made Agni-V ICBM Intercontinental Ballistic missile could enter in service in 2020

The latest generation of Indian-made nuclear-capable ICBM InterContinental Ballistic Missile Agni-V could enter in service in 2020 after a few additional firing tests. On December 10, 2018, India has successfully test-fired its ICBM Agni-V, according to a statement from the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD).

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Agni-V ICBM InterContinental Ballistic missile on a road-mobile vehicle during a rehearsal of India Republic Day military parade. (Picture source Wikimedia)

The last launch operations of the Agni-V were carried out and monitored by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) in the presence of Scientists from Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and other associated officials.

Development of the Agni-V began in 2008. The ICBM features indigenously designed navigation and guidance systems including a ring laser gyroscope based inertial navigation system.

According to Indian military sources, the Agni-V ICBM is a three-stage solid-fueled missile with an approximate range of 5,500-5,800 kilometers. The exact range remains classified, but it is assumed that the missile could have a range from 6,000 to 7,500 kilometers, and can carry a 1,500 kg nuclear warhead. India has reportedly also been working on multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV) for the Agni-V in order to ensure a credible second-strike capability.

The Agni-V can be mounted on a launcher vehicle which is known as the Transport-cum-Tilting vehicle-5. It is a 140-ton, 30-metre, 7-axle trailer pulled by a 3-axle Volvo truck according to DRDO, Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation.