Agni-5 tid-bits

The Agni-5 performance has proved the quality of many new and advanced technologies on board. Most important among these is the chip-embedded guidance system that, besides rendering the missile so-called “fly by wire”, immunizes it against the effect of re-entry heat that previously melted the on-board mission control computer in earlier missiles and making them inaccurate. That problem is solved.

All the public hullabaloo attending on the missile launch with  TV cameras showing project group leaders and leading scientists being feted and celebrated,  may have had the deleterious effect of making them known to the wider world. Because India is now entering the realm of sensitive long range accurate missiles and geostrategics, many fear that those responsible for designing and engineering such armaments become targets of adversary states and even ostensibly of friendly foreign countries who would rather India not secure this level of technology. It is imperative, therefore, that leading figures in the IGMDP be accorded Z category personal security.

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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4 Responses to Agni-5 tid-bits

  1. Joydeep Ghosh says:

    bharat sir

    the security you talk about should have been provided long back with most of the people working out of Hyderabad which is a hub for missile production, is communally sensitive and always on the target of anti national subversives elements

    I have a few querries, hope to get answers

    1. Prithvi 1&2 are both on their way out of service but Prithvi 3 has still not been operationalized. why?
    2. Whats the production rate of missiles in India?
    3. Will INS Chakra be used as SSGN (firing sub launched Brahmos) and do you really think INS Arihant will also be used as SSGN (supposedly K-15/B-05/Sagarika being a cruise missile) or a SSBN (K-15/B-05/Sagarika being ballistic missile)

    hope to get answers


  2. Vihan says:

    Good point about the Z category security, I would also add that IB should keep an eye out for foreign/domestic operatives who I’m sure will try to put them in a position to part with sensitive information. Remember the ISRO spy case involving the 2 Maldivian women and a possible Pakistan connection… I’m still not completely sure what the whole truth was behind it all…

    • As to your Qs:
      1. The Prithvi SRBM may be obsolete and phased out operationally. But it is the test bed for advanced technologies, and firing the occasional Prithvi prompts no great interest!
      2. Classified stuff. But in my 2008 book ‘India’s Nuclear Policy’ I put that rate at around 19 Agnis/year.
      3. Arihant-1 will be cruise missile-armed. But Arihant 2 & 3 will go ballistic.

    • Well, I’ll be discussing the reasons for the media hype of Agni-5 launch in my April 26 Asian Age column, which will be posted here. But it should make for an interesting read. Yes, we have to begin to take seriously the security of our missileers, starting with wrapping them in security blankets, and minimizing their public exposure.

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