India – yesterday that is on 18th January 2018 morning, test-fired its Agni-V Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) as part of its operational configuration from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast, moving ahead towards its eventual simulation into the Strategic Forces Command (SFC). It is known to have the capability to even reach the northern-most parts of China with its strike range of over 5,000-km, had met all the parameters laid down for the test.
India Test Fires Nuclear Capable ICBM Agni-V Ballistic Missile
The defense minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman in her own tweet mentioned … “We have successfully launched nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V today. The Agni-V was last tested on December 26, 2016, which was then described as the fourth and final experimental test of the three-stage missile. The tri-Service SFC, established in 2003 to manage India’s nuclear arsenal, will have to conduct a few more user-trials before the 50-tonne missile is produced in adequate numbers for induction.”
We Indians must be proud of our ancestral brawny brains to safe-keep us where we are today. Indian Lens extends its salutations for those who sacrificed their lives for all of us Indians to be safe and secured.
Why should we so proud of this? … Read on…
Many years have passed when India was restricted by all developed countries and the UN opposing India manufacturing its own ‘Nuclear Weapons’ despite watching the imminent threats from Pakistan and China. The fear-provoking countries – China and Pakistan repeatedly crossed the ‘Line of Control’ (LOC), creating a horrific situation along the borders of India. The peace-loving country–India’s plethora of pleadings to get protection from the so-called developed countries and the UN went on deaf – ears.
Having been vexed up by the threats, the then Governing party BJP decided to show its prowess to the world. In a historic move, India conducted its first successful nuclear bomb test on 18th May 1974 from Pokhran, a place in Rajasthan by the Indian Army under the supervision of several key Indian generals. The ex-president and scientist A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Popularly known as ‘Missile man’) was handpicked by the then government to shoulder the responsibility. India that was heckled by the world woke up to see that marvel. Since then India had to undergo many sufferings in its saga to prove its dexterity. Many economic restrictions were imposed. Financial assistance got stopped. Emigration and Immigration precincts paralyzed India’s economy. That was the history.
India’s “Test Missiles” during its first few attempts were unsuccessful. India in those days was ridiculously tagged by many countries as “India makes Peace-Missiles.” Now all those mouths got “Quick-Fixed.”
Coming back to the present … The Agni-5 is the highly sophisticated missile in the Agni series, because of its map-reading and control, warhead and locomotive. The missile has been designed in such a precision that after reaching the peak of its trajectory it will head down to the earth’s surface, towards the target, with increased speed due to the gravitational pull.