India’s Agni ballistic missile fitted out fighting for many years yet to form (Figure)
India’s Agni-II ballistic missile-made 3D renderings
newspaper freelance writer Guang-Wen Chen
According to the Associated Press reported, the Indian Defense Ministry official said Sunday, the Indian one can carry nuclear warheads “Agni-2″ test-fired missiles in the night the day before the failure. The official said the missile from the eastern Indian state of Orissa Wheeler Island off in the second stage engine is about to burst separation of technical failure, loss of stability and projectile deviation from the track, can not hit the target. Prior to that, “Agni-2″ missile on May 19 this year, also conducted a test day, the same has not been entirely successful.
more than ten years to build a “strategic trump card”
long time, India as the main rival of Pakistan, and actively expand their nuclear arsenals, which also implies attempt to counterbalance China. In 1983, India began implementing the “Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.” After 20 years of development, successfully developed the “Prithvi” (also translated “earth”) and “fire” (Agni) two series of ballistic missiles, which “Prithvi” series of short-range missile “Agni “series, compared with medium-or long-range missiles. As the “Agni” series of longer range missiles, and has the ability to carry nuclear warheads, it is India’s strategic nuclear strike force development priorities.
It is understood that Indian “Agni” missile development program is divided into several phases. The first “Fire 1″ with a range of 1200-1500 km, May 22, 1989 the first successful test. Just test failed “Agni-2″ is active the main model, is about 20 meters, weighing about 16 tons, a range of 2000-2500 km, can carry one-ton conventional warhead or a nuclear warhead. The missile was first successfully launched in 1999, is considered a milestone in the history of India’s missile development. Meanwhile, India is testing longer-range “Agni” missile, boasted that it can combat the hinterland of China.
After ten years of continuous testing and development, “Agni-1″ and “Fire 2″ have been put into deployment, with nuclear warheads, “Agni” series of missiles became India’s “strategic trump card.”
trapped in the future development of the two major bottlenecks
however, made certain achievements, India “Integrated Guided Missile Development Program” also there is a big worry . It is understood that the program actually is composed of five core missile system, which has not completed many projects so far have been extended for many years. In addition to “Plymouth InterVideo” and “Agni” missile passed off relatively well, other types of research and development difficulties, the project cost is far beyond the initial expectations. Analysis that led to slow progress of India’s missile program can be attributed to two factors:
First off mass production techniques sad. India’s missile localization rate is low, including advanced engines and inertial guidance systems and other important parts of the introduction of long-term dependence. Like the other military launched, the new missile assembly of imported components used to test the success of other Indian-made components replaced frequently trouble began, the model has been fitted out as well. This fully shows that the functioning of the Indian defense industry system quite unstable.
second is real poor reliability. This is actually a continuation of the first question. India’s missile tests several times each year, often end in failure, indicating that India’s missile reliability is questionable. To “fire” as the representative of long-range missile complex, these issues become more prominent.
all-weather operations are still far away?
on 23 of the test, the “Times of India” was originally to be called in the last week, but was found in various technical fault forced the launch delay. Results, 23 day and there is a new failure, leading to launch a complete failure. Analysts said, “Agni” series of missile tests earlier in the day were carried out, the reason why the election in the night, the night is intended to train relevant personnel missile technology control of the model, the Indian military hopes to launch all-weather missile verification and operational capabilities.
Thus, although the “Agni” series of missiles have long been deployed, but it has still not have all-weather capability. This means that when the enemy choose to carry out raids at night on the case of India, India’s strategic nuclear counterattack forces may not make timely and effective response.
It is believed that, due to Pakistan’s nuclear and missile fields in recent years, rather progress in India continue to increase the intensity of the new missile tests in order to maintain its inherent advantages. However, the high hopes of “Agni-2″ missile tests this year have failed twice, in fact, war could further delay the ability of fully formed. So from a practical point of view, suddenly spread to India and other big countries have a considerable nuclear capability, suddenly claim to a number of years the Chinese inland, “a threat”, just like lying more to tell their people to listen to, less than as outsiders to judge the true basis for a reliable strategic deterrent.