India To Test 5,000-km Agni-V China Killer ICBM By The End OF 2011
Source:The Economic Times
India will test its 5,000-km Inter-Continental ballistic missile (ICBM), often termed the China killer For its ability to reach the northernmost areas of that country,At The end of 2011. The head of a premier defence research agency said on Friday when Defence Minister AK Antony asked for the expeditious development of the Agni-V missile system.
DRDO has developed a spectrum of missiles with a different range and payload capability. Now, DRDO must demonstrate its capability to reach a range of 5,000 km at the earliest, Antony said at a function at the research agency.
DRDO chief VK Saraswat , who was present beside Antony, said Agni-V will be tested by the end of this year.
Antony also asked the agency to also develop a credible Ballistice Missile Defence (BMD) system to intercept enemy missiles that may target India, thereby taking the county into an elite club of nations such as the US.
The interceptor missile development programme has taken India into an elite club of nations that possess the capability to demonstrate and deploy missile defence. DRDO should now work towards developing a credible ballistic missile defence for our country. Antony told the gathering of defence scientists.
India is in the process of developing its own BMD system and has carried out six tests in the last two years, of which four have been successful.
The BMD programme comprises a two-tiered system called Prithvi Air Defence PAD for high-altitude interception at 50-80 km and Advanced Air Defence AAD for low-altitude interception 15-30 km.
India has also inducted its latest 3,000-km Agni-III missile into the armed forces and has begun serialised production of the weapon system.