Category: Weapons

MTCR Membership brought enormous benefits to India

Amid huge hue and cry over the Indian bid to the NSG membership, India silently went on to become member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in mid 2016 — an Indian diplomatic achievement which was undermined when India entered the elite MTCR group and the membership is still undermine even by the Indian…

Deterrence Against The Dragon: Why Agni’s Arc Worries China

The shrill, disjointed and illogical rants emanating from Beijing after the fourth successful test of the Agni-V missile is an adequate proof that nothing succeeds like deterrence. By developing a missile designed solely for raining down nuclear warheads at the Han heartland, India has effectively neutralised the Chinese nuclear threat. Deterrence is the threat of…

AGNI-IV Missile to be tested tomorrow

. India’s strategic, ballistic missile, Agni-IV, will be flight-tested from a road-mobile launcher on the Abdul Kalam Island (earlier called Wheeler Island), off Damra village on the Odisha coast, on Monday. The tri-Services’ Strategic Forces Command (SFC), which is entrusted with India’s nuclear weapons, will fire the missile. Agni-IV is a two-stage, surface-to-surface missile that…

Ignored Dimensions Of India’s MTCR Membership

India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) on June 9, 2016 prior to the formal plenary held in Busan (South Korea) on October 17-21, 2016 primarily thanks to the assistance of Russia. As such, India immediately decided to benefit from its entry into the group by deciding on to the enhancement of the range…

China calls for ‘strategic balance’ in South Asia after Agni-V test-firing

Without referring to Pakistan, China on Tuesday advocated “preserving the strategic balance and stability in South Asia,” after India successfully test-fired Agni-V ballistic missile. “China always maintains that preserving the strategic balance and stability in South Asia is conducive to peace and prosperity of regional countries and beyond,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying…

Formula for new NSG members leaves Pakistan Out India In: US Group

A draft proposal for accepting new members into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) paves the way for India’s entry but leaves Pakistan out, says a US-based arms control organisation. The Arms Control Association (ACA), Washington, also warns that relaxing membership rules will undermine non-proliferation. Last week, the US media reported that Rafael Mariano Grossi, a…

India responds to China’s taunt on UN regulations to develop Ballistic Missiles

Responding to China's reaction to its test-firing of the Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile, India on Tuesday said its strategic capabilities were not targeted against any particular country, adding that while it abides by all applicable international obligations, it expects others to do the same. "India's strategic capabilities are not targeted against any particular country. India…

Agni-V with China in range tested; next in line is Agni-VI, with multiple warheads

NEW DELHI: India's most formidable missile, the over 5,000-km range Agni-V, is now ready for user trials by the military after it underwent its fourth and final test-firing+ from the integrated test range off the Odisha coast on Monday. The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Agni-V, dubbed a "game-changer" in strategic deterrence because it brings the…

Two key missile launches – Agni-V ICBM and Nirbhay Cruise Missile this month

If weather permits, two important missile launches are to take place this month. India’s long-range, subsonic cruise missile, Nirbhay, will lift off from the Launch Complex-III of the Integrated Test Range, Balasore, Odisha, on Wednesday. The redoubtable Agni-V, which can carry nuclear warheads over a distance of about 5,000 km, will be fired from a…

India test-fires Agni-I Ballistic Missile

India today successfully test-fired its indigenously built nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile, which can hit a target 700 km away, as part of a user trial by Army from a test range off Odisha coast. The surface-to-surface missile, powered by solid propellants, was test-fired from a mobile launcher at 10.10 AM from launch pad-4 of…

Twin Trials Of Prithvi-II Missile succesfully conducted

India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile twice in quick succession as part of a user trial by the army from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha. In salvo mode, the two surface-to-surface missiles which have a strike range of 350 km and are capable of carrying 500 kg to…

Fourth Launch Test Of Agni-V Missile Stuck Due To Battery Issue: DRDO Chief

  A technical snag with the battery of India’s indigenous nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Agni-V has caused the delay in its fourth test. “It has been delayed because of a technical snag,” Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief S Christopher was quoted as saying by IANS. “There is a problem with the battery.”…

Russian missile “umbrella” to bolster Indian air defence: Experts

India plans to buy the S-400 ‘Triumf’ advanced anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia. According to the newspaper The Times of India, India’s Defence Ministry will consider a proposal to buy around five S-400 systems. Delivery dates have not been specified. The RS S-400 “Triumf” is designed to knock down aerodynamic flying targets (tactical and strategic…

TOP 10 MOST POWERFUL WEAPONS OF THE INDIAN MILITARY

India is one of the most rapidly growing militaries in the world. We have evolved from a regional force with tactical capabilities to a growing strategic force with global reach. We are heavily dependent on foreign suppliers for equipment as their local industry hasn’t quite delivered as promised. But the ones in our  service are…

India’s Missile Defense: Is the Game Worth the Candle?

  On November 23, 2012, Indian scientists achieved a major milestone in missile defense: simultaneous interceptions of ballistic missiles at altitudes of 30 and 120 kms respectively. Such a feat put India on the map of a select group of nations, such as the United States and Israel, who have the capability of engaging multiple…

South Africa in talks with India-Russia over sale of Brahmos missile

India and Russia have in principle agreed to export the Brahmos anti-ship cruise missile to South Africa, according to Brahmos Aerospace. Praveen Pathak, spokesman for BrahMos Aerospace told Russia’s TASS news agency on 27 May that India and Russia have agreed 'in principle' to export the missile to the UAE, Vietnam, South Africa and Chile.…