Why the MIRV Agni 5 is a defence milestone: Gen Siwach explains

India recently achieved a significant milestone in its defense capabilities with the successful test firing of the Agni-V ballistic missile featuring Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology. 

Reena Rai
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In a significant technological achievement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the successful test firing of the Agni-V ballistic missile with Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under Mission Divyastra. 

The test, conducted under Mission Divyastra by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), marks a pivotal moment in India's pursuit of advanced missile technology.

Mission Divyastra

Named Mission Divyastra, the test took place at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha, where the Agni-V missile was launched with precision. Various telemetry and radar stations monitored the multiple re-entry vehicles, ensuring that the mission met all designed parameters. The successful test demonstrates India's growing technological prowess and reaffirms its commitment to maintaining a credible deterrence posture.

MIRV Technology Advancement

MIRV technology enables a single missile to deploy multiple warheads at different locations, significantly enhancing India's strategic capabilities. With indigenous avionics systems and high-accuracy sensor packages, the system ensures precise delivery of re-entry vehicles to their target points. The successful integration of MIRV technology into the Agni-V missile underscores India's self-reliance in defense research and development.

 Female Leadership in Technological Achievement

 Notably, the project director leading Mission Divyastra is a woman, highlighting significant female contribution to this technological feat. This achievement reflects India's commitment to promoting gender diversity and inclusivity in its defense research and development programs.

Strategic Significance

 Agni-V, India’s longest-range ballistic missile, has a range of over 5000 kms, covering most parts of China. Its canistered design improves handling and operational efficiency, further enhancing India's strategic capabilities. The successful test of Agni-V with MIRV technology underscores India's commitment to enhancing its geostrategic role and capabilities.

Nuclear Deterrence and Defence Doctrine

India has long emphasized a nuclear doctrine based on credible minimum deterrence and a No-First-Use policy. The successful test of Agni-V with MIRV technology strengthens India's nuclear deterrent capability, reaffirming its commitment to national security and global peace.

Technological Advancement and Global Recognition

The successful test of Agni-V with MIRV technology follows DRDO's demonstration of Anti-Satellite (ASAT) capability under Mission Shakti in March 2019. India's technological achievements have garnered recognition on the global stage, positioning the country as a responsible actor committed to peace and stability.

The successful test of Agni-V with MIRV technology represents a significant milestone in India's defense capabilities. It underscores India's commitment to technological innovation, self-reliance, and national security. As India continues to advance in defense research and development, it reaffirms its position as a key player in the global security landscape.

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