India plans to launch the first test of the Agni-5 MIRV intercontinental ballistic missile
India plans to launch the first test of the Agni-V MIRV intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads this month.
According to the outlet, the missile will be tested on September 23. After this trial, they will go one step further towards their goal.
Although there have been previous attempts to test this ballistic missile. However, this was not possible due to the epidemic.
What is MIRV?
MIRV is a “multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle”.
It is a missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads and can hit multiple targets at the same time.
Usually, a ballistic missile has a warhead and hits a specific target after launch. But, a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) ballistic missile has multiple nuclear warheads, which can strike multiple individual targets at the same time. MIRV technology is not easy. This requires a complex process of sequentially releasing warheads with high-powered missiles and proper guidance during flight.
A MIRV missile capable of hitting multiple targets on a single launch. it is more difficult to intercept by an anti-ballistic missile system than a conventional missile. MIRV ballistic missile reaches the upper levels in the atmosphere after launching. And throws warheads at multiple targets. Warheads hit targets at supersonic speeds. Which makes it difficult to resist anti-ballistic missile systems.
Currently, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China use MIRV technology. The United States was the first country to develop MIRV technology in 1970. Soon after, Russia also developed this technology.
On the 23rd of this month, India is also going to test MIRV with Agni V ballistic missile. And considering India’s previous performance, the trial of Agni-V MIRV will be successful. All the ballistic missiles in the Agni series have been successfully launched before, and the Agni VI is at the research level.