DRDO Scientist Arrested Sparks Speculations About India’s Agni-V ICBM

Sources – API

The recent arrest of DRDO scientist Pradeep Kurulkar by the ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) on charges of leaking confidential information to a Pakistani woman has inadvertently sparked speculation about India’s next-generation Agni-Vl intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) While the details of Kurulkar’s chal conversations are not officially disclosed, there are suggestions that India has begun work on the Agni-Vi, which could have an advertised range of 8,000km and pofantially hit targets as far as 12,000km with a reduced payload.

The Agri series of missiles has been a local point of India’s strategic missile program The Agni-V, an ICBM capable of carrying nuclear warheads, has undergone eight successful test flights since 2012 In a recent test, the Agni-V demonstrated improved performance and weight reduction, resulting in a significant increase in its range from 5,000km to 8,000km, thanks to the DRDO’s switch from maraging steel to carbon composites.

It is worth noting that the DRDO has been known to showcase missiles with reduced range capabilities in their public announcements. For instance the Agni- with a range of 3,500km, was the first Indian intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) capable of hitting targets as far as Beijing The Agni-IV an improved variant of the Agni-ll Prime, further enhanced India’s missile capabilities Finally, the Agni-V, with its range of 5,000km, has the potential to strike anywhere in China.

The Agr-V) is expected to have a range between 6,000km and 8,000km, with a 3-tonne nuclear payload. However, it is speculated that with a ligniter 15-now package, the missile could potentially achieve a range between 10,000km and 12,000km. The guidance system of the Agni-VI is expected to include an inertial navigation system with a Ring Laser Gyroscope, possibly augmented by the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) Additionally the mem incorporate terminal guidance with radar scene correlation, which improves accuracy by mapping the terrain.

a full range test of the Agni-Vi beyond 6,000km were to take place, it would likely attract attention from Western media circles due to which it is likely that the missie’s official declared range will be up to 6,000km, primarily focusing on the China factor.

it is important to note that the information regarding the development and capabilities of the Agri-Vi is speculative and based on limited details availab public domain India’s missile program is a matter of national security, and the government typically provides updates on mosile tests and developments, and they have been conducted successfully.