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The Powerful Agni-V to be Inducted Soon, Apt to Target China

India is all set to induce the first batch of its intercontinental ballistic missile system, Agni-V. Agni-V is known to aim targets across China within its range fostering India’s military prowess.

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India is all set to induce the first batch of its intercontinental ballistic missile system, Agni-V. Agni-V is known to aim targets across China within its range fostering India’s military prowess.
According to recent official sources, the missile system, with a strike range of 5,000 km and capable of carrying nuclear warhead, is being inducted into the elite Strategic Forces Command (SFC).
A series of user trials is being conducted before the country’s most sophisticated weapon is handed over to the SFC, sources said.
Defence experts said the missile is capable of bringing targets across China, including its prominent cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, under its range.
Last month, Agni-V was successfully test-fired off the Odisha coast and the sources said a number of other pre-induction tests are being planned in the next few weeks.
“It is a strategic asset which will act as a deterrent. We are at the fag end of the strategic project,” said an official, who is part of the Agni-V programme.
He said it is the most advanced weapon in its series as it has latest technologies for navigation and its capability of carrying nuclear warhead is much superior.
The first batch of Agni-V will be handed over to the SFC “soon”, the sources said, while declining to elaborate further on the closely-guarded defence project.
The missile is being inducted at a time when India’s neighbourhood is witnessing evolving security threats.
Very few countries, including the US, China, Russia, France and North Korea, have intercontinental ballistic missiles.
In its armoury, India currently has Agni-1 with a 700-km range, Agni-2 with a 2,000-km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with a 2,500-km to more than 3,500-km range.
The government is also working on several key projects including integrating the BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft.
The defence ministry is now expediting the process to integrate the BRAHMOS missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft. 

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