A-5 test launch cancelled

Just learned that the test firing of the canisterized Agni-5 that was earlier scheduled for yesterday and postponed virtually at the last hour, has now been cancelled altogether, at least in the present time window. This decision at the highest levels of govt was owing to Washington’s supposed allergy to rising powers displaying their distant strike capabilities. The K-4 SLBM fired from a moored underwater pontoon tube system tested March 8 was, unlike the A-5, not in a ready state of induction. A-5, hermetically sealed in a canister with a dummy warhead, was set to be launched from its mobile platform to its full range, whence the Modi PMO’s hesitation.

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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13 Responses to A-5 test launch cancelled

  1. Sanjay says:

    Will the test take place at a later date? Disgraceful

  2. Sbm says:

    Is it cancelled permanently or delayed for another window? Either way disgraceful. Do numbers of Agni 1-4 exceed 30 each in service?

  3. ~!@#$%^&*()_+ says:

    If there is so much anxiety over a stock ICBM then how will they ever test an MIRV or an ASAT or a TN Warhead ?

  4. RCV says:

    Disgraceful state of affairs!

  5. satyaki says:

    Bharat Sir,

    Is there any possibility that they will test A-5 in April or May ? Or is that also a remote possibility ? The current govt. is beginning to look worse than the MMS govt on this front.

  6. ~!@#$%^&*()_+ says:

    I think my comment above was harsh on a well meaning government. I am rather confident that A-5 will be tested after Modi meets Obama.

  7. Nilesh says:

    Cheeer HO !! it appears Rafael deal is on the brink of cancellation …Cant wait to hear from you Mr. Karnad !

  8. MS says:

    In the flow of what things are, I am tempted to criticise DRDO-one could always find a reason. While A5 test is cancelled, they could rev up the K4 program-nothing stopping them to do more and more tests. Import the damn component technology if required, master it and innovate.

    But I will not be critical of DRDO. Hope some smart leader there understands the need to rev- up K4, showcase it to PMO and the world, and lead the govt in making decisions rather than asking for their opinions and decisions.

  9. !@$%& says:

    How does the supposedly “successful” preliminary launch of a K-4 missile from temporary rigged-up platform (underwater pontoon) and that too at depressed range (750 Km.), trump a full-fledged AV launch? Wasn’t the AV supposed to be launched to its full “declared” /imposed range of 5,000 Kms?

  10. %$#@! says:

    I’m yet to fathom as to how the US should be unduly perturbed by an Indian launch of a 5,000 Kms. IRBM. Given the obvious fact that the current dispensation in India is essentially the UPA-3 minus “the family”, one cannot be faulted for entertaining suspicions that the Modi dispensation is doing to the Indian missile program what the UPA regime did to the nuclear program. I for one wouldn’t be surprised if even small arms target practice by Indian forces was curtailed in order not to “hurt US sensibilities”.

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