HYDERABAD: Imagine an Agni-V that can be fired from your neighbourhood! The armed forces will soon have an inter-continental ballistic missile ( ICMB) that can be fired from anywhere. No, it is not necessary to do it from the Wheeler Island off the Orissa coast. The long-range 5,000-km missile with a nuclear warhead can be fired from any open place and the enemy will not even be able to guess from where the deadly weapon will be fired.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which is savouring the successful test-firing of the Agni-V, is now preparing for another test launch of the missile. This test will not be from Wheeler Island where the Integrated Test Range ( ITR) is located.
“The missile will be put in a canister and launched. After the lid of the canister is opened, the missile takes off as a result of the high pressure generation of gas inside it,” Avinash Chander, distinguished scientist and chief controller, R&D (missiles and strategic systems), DRDO, told TOI.
As a result of the hot gas ejecting the missile out of the canister, the missile ignites in mid-air and glides away. This launch of the missile will be quite different from what one had seen at Wheeler Island where the missile left a huge trail of flame while lifting off the ground.
When the missile takes off from the canister, the flames will be seen only about 30 metres from above the ground in the Agni-V that will be tested fired sometime towards the end of the year. “We are getting ready with two different types of canisters in which the missile can be placed and test fired. The armed forces will be able to fire the missile from anywhere,” Avinash Chander said. A canister is a metal enclosure for the missile. The missile will fit comfortably in the canister and will have a facility for an opening on the top. The armed forces have been closely associated with the development of the Agni missiles and have already inducted Agni-1, Agni-II and Agni-III into the army. The induction of Agni-1V and Agni-V is also planned.
Only after two or three test-firing trials of the Agni-V are conducted from canisters will the long range inter-continental ballistic missile be inducted into the armed forces. It will be possible to move the ICBM anywhere by road at a short notice and fire it in any direction.