New Delhi, India: India got the capability of launching a nuclear-tipped inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) as Agni-V hit a target over 5,000 km away. The missile launch was monitored by three ships deployed in the Indian Ocean and radars were also there tracking the complete trajectory of the missile. The missile uses Ring-laser gyro-based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and Micro-Navigation System (MINGS). The RINS is the same as the one used on Agni-III and Agni-IV. It was developed by Research Center Imarat (RCI), sister laboratory of Advanced System Laboratory (ASL), a part of Defence Research & Development Organisation’s (DRDO) missile complex in Hyderabad, India.
The MINGS was first used on Agni-IV. The ring laser is also fitted on the Shourya tactical missile.
The 5,000 km-range missile, Agni-V, gives India the capability to hit targets in China, including Beijing, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Australian coast. The missile was launched from a mobile launcher at the Wheeler Island off Orissa coast. It reached the apex at 600 kilometres and then re-entered the atmosphere to strike a target over 5000 km away from the launch site.
V K Saraswat, Director General, DRDO, said that barring some electronic components, the Agni V was a completely indigenous product. “More than 80 per cent of the missile is indigenous, except for the electronic components which we import. Everything has been designed, developed and produced in our industry and our laboratories,” he explained.
On the road ahead, Saraswat said the DRDO would now develop multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles for anti-satellite system. A senior DRDO scientist said that the missile would be ready for induction into the armed forces by 2014.