India Launches First Flight Test Of Domestic Missile

India Launches First Flight Test Of Domestic Missile

India successfully conducted the inaugural test flight of its indigenous Agni 5 missile, featuring Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology. On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the success of the mission. Expressing pride in the achievement, he praised the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists for their contribution to “Mission Divyastra.”

This technological breakthrough, according to sources, allows a single missile to drop many warheads in different places. The project director is a woman, which is noteworthy as it highlights the major engagement of women in the initiative.

India joins the group of countries with MIRV capability with the launch of Mission Divyastra. Equipped with indigenous avionics systems and high-precision sensor packages, the system ensures that re-entry vehicles hit designated targets with remarkable accuracy. Furthermore, it showcases India’s expanding technological prowess.

In recent years, India has conducted a series of Agni-5 tests, including the successful launch in October 2021 from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. Utilising a three-stage solid-fuel engine, the missile boasts a striking range of up to 5,000 kilometres with exceptional precision.

The achievement aligns with India’s ‘No First Use’ policy and its upholding of a ‘credible minimum deterrence.’