Indian Defence Forum -
Page 3 of 7 FirstFirst 1234567 LastLast
Results 31 to 45 of 105
Like Tree63Likes

Agni -MIRV

  1. #31
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States

    Are MIRVs and Satellite Integration and Dispensation Mutually Inclusive?

    An Analysis of India’s Capabilities
    April 10, 2008
    Kartik Bommakanti
    Despite some differences, integration of satellites and their orbital dispensation, and integration of multiple warheads and their delivery vehicles are often treated as though they are identical processes. This paper first briefly looks at the extent to which satellite integration and dispensing capabilities assisted in the development of Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology in the United States. It then will demonstrate that concerns about India-U.S. civilian space cooperation leading to India’s development of a MIRV capability are misguided. India already possesses incipient capabilities to MIRV its missiles, but this does not mean that it can immediately secure a full-fledged MIRV capability, because there are a range of conditions that would affect its development of MIRV technology. As a cautionary note, the detailed effort here is intended to outline what India is potentially capable of doing; therefore the following analysis should not be construed as meaning that India will or should do the things laid out.
    There are five key technologies that are vital for the development of MIRV technology. These are: rocket engines that are restartable, vernier rockets or engines, inertial guidance technology that has high reliability and precision, re-entry vehicles that are highly accurate, and high efficiency miniaturized warheads.1 A MIRV “bus” is a receptacle that carries the re-entry vehicles, which carry the warhead, and the guidance and control systems are built into the upper stage of the missile.2 The bus is maneuverable, makes efficient on-orbit trajectory shifts, and releases each re-entry vehicle in sequence.3 To attain these fine adjustments and movement, vernier rockets or engines are used to draw the bus away from the rapidly dropping re-entry vehicles.4
    The defining feature of MIRVed missiles is their capability to deliver multiple warheads along separate trajectories.5 MIRVs provide targeting flexibility, whether it is against a single target or against multiple targets. They can be used to target several areas, provided they are within the ambit of separation generated by the MIRVs, in effect within its footprint.6
    In the United States during the 1960s, the direct conceptual and technological forerunner to the MIRV system was the Titan III Tran-stage, a Post Boost Control System (PBCS) or “bus” that was developed for delivering multiple satellite payloads into orbit.7 The Transtage represented a true “bus,” but it did not proffer any tangible benefits in achieving the accuracy necessary for delivering multiple warheads.8 The Transtage demonstrated how stopping and restarting its hypergolic (liquid propellants) engine and its capacity to shift orbit to emplace satellites on different orbital trajectories could assist in the realization of a MIRV capability.9
    As a declassified Department of Defense (DOD) document reveals, MIRV development can be traced as such: “Fallout gained from several space programs, not all associated with military space applications, was a series of developments directly adaptable to the realization of maneuverable platforms for ICBM use.”10
    Given the dual-use nature of space technology, what can one make of the claims that increased civilian space cooperation between the United States and India will result in transfer of technology that may bring integration and delivery capabilities warheads into India’s arsenal? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is poised to send two instruments aboard India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in 2008. Raising concerns about India-U.S. civilian space cooperation, one analyst, Jennifer Kline, reached the suggestive conclusion that technical “know-how” about satellite integration capabilities will enable India to MIRV its ballistic missiles:
    While there is little concern that the inclusion of the M3 and Mini-SAR on the Chandrayaan-I will result in a technology transfer of any great significance, there remain lingering apprehensions among some Washington-based missile experts about the potential transfer of “tacit knowledge” skills in the form of payload integration assistance for the lunar mission that might later be exploited for military functions. The principal concern is that if U.S. system integration specialists work with Indian engineers to demonstrate the best method for integrating payloads into space vehicles, then critical tacit knowledge skills that can only be learned by "doing" will transfer into the hands of the Indian engineers. This know-how is also relevant to certain military activities, such as integrating multiple nuclear warhead payloads into inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). In the late 1990s, a major controversy erupted when two U.S. firms, Loral and Hughes Aircraft, were found to have transferred tacit knowledge of this kind to China during discussions aimed at overcoming technical obstacles to the successful launch of their satellites on Chinese space launch vehicles. Similarly, any U.S. assistance in preparing the Indian lunar mission with regard to automated deployment structures in space could conceivably help India develop penetration aids for its ballistic missiles, which might reduce the effectiveness of U.S. missile defense systems. Indeed, the possibility that transferred U.S. technology might be utilized for improving Indian ICBMs or for expanding Indian capacity to construct ICBMs remains a major source of controversy in the U.S.-India space cooperation deal.11
    This point is often regurgitated and incidentally became one reason for suspending American commercial satellite launches from Chinese space launch vehicles in the late 1990s. Just as there was no substantive reason for suspending cooperation with China then, there is nothing to be concerned about current or expanded India-U.S. space cooperation either.
    A brief retrospective would help clarify some issues. In 1998, controversy erupted in the United States over the telecom giant Motorola’s alleged transfer to China of the Iridium Smart Dispenser. Motorola’s Smart Dispenser releases multiple satellites into orbit, which some alleged enabled the Chinese to develop a MIRV capability.12 But as the House Select Subcommittee report on China’s space and missile forces, also known as the Cox report, noted in 1998, “The PRC [People’s Republic of China, or China] has demonstrated all of the techniques that are required for developing a MIRV bus, and that the PRC could develop a MIRV dispensing platform within a short period of time after making a decision to proceed.”13 This statement is reinforced by two additional facts. As early as 1981, China had dispensed three satellites from a single platform which gave “it an incipient multiple-warhead capability.”14 Secondly, Motorola did not transfer design
    information of the Iridium dispenser; instead, the company laid out specific technological parameters based on which Chinese engineers developed through indigenous effort a satellite dispenser to Motorola’s needs.15 The obvious conclusion one immediately derives is that China already wielded the technological precursors for the development of a MIRV capability and no real net technology transfer actually accrued to China’s MIRV development program.
    As China expert Michael Swaine noted in 1998, “Among those who look at Chinese military capabilities, there’s a fairly strong degree of skepticism about the extent to which China’s relationship with U.S. commercial satellite makers has resulted in significant advances in its long-range military missile capabilities.”16
    This applies to India as well. The technical fallacy is that the two NASA instruments will be fixed to one of the satellites. As Subrata Ghoshroy, a former analyst with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), has pointed out:
    This type of concern is not new. Both India and China are manufacturing and launching satellites. So the basic integration and dispensing capabilities are there. In my opinion, detailed knowledge of the payloads would be difficult to obtain by ISRO engineers from simply launching something on the ISRO platform. The two NASA payloads for the Chandrayaan mission will be bolted to the satellite, not dispensed from it. It seems totally far fetched that such a mission would generate any information relevant to a MIRV design.17
    Thus the concern that NASA’s engineers might transfer “tacit” knowledge in efforts to mate two lunar instruments with India’s PSLV, which would enable India’s space engineers to learn warhead-missile integration techniques, does not stand the test of technical evidence.
    In the analysis to follow, we will explore why more substantive issues would help qualify the syllogistic and misleading argument that satellite integration would automatically lead to a MIRV capability.
    Some media reports suggest India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has already initiated tentative efforts to develop a MIRV capability for India’s Agni-III intermediate range ballistic missiles. Note that the launch of India’s Chandrayaan moon mission that would carry two of NASA’s instruments isn’t scheduled until June or July of this year.18 This would pretty much refute the allegation that Indian engineers would spin off information from its civilian space sector to its missile program. Nevertheless, even if one were to dismiss this position as unverifiable and assert that the DRDO’s quest to develop MIRVs could still in some way be assisted through American transfers in the realm of civilian space cooperation, it does not square with the fact that several countries have launched their instruments and satellites from Indian boosters and that India has had the capacity to integrate and dispense multiple satellite payloads since 1999. The European Space Agency (ESA) is launching its own instruments aboard the same Indian Space Launch Vehicle (SLV) that would host NASA’s M3 and Mini-SAR instruments. Additionally, in 1999, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched three satellite payloads, the IRS-P4, and two foreign microsatellites (the Korean KITSAT-3 and Germany’s TUBSAT) simultaneously on a single PSLV rocket.19 In May 2005, India launched the Cartosat-1 and Hamsat satellites from another version of the
    PSLV. In January 2007, ISRO went one step further, simultaneously launching the satellites, India’s CARTOSAT-2, Indonesia’s LAPAN-TUBSAT and Argentina’s PEHUENSAT-1 and the Space Recovery Experiment-1 (SRE-1) Capsule.20 In April 2007, India registered its first successful commercial launch on a PSLV C8 – the 352-kilogram Italian satellite AGILE along with a non-commercial 185-kilogram craft known as the Advanced Avionics Module (AAM) in order to “test advanced launch vehicle avionics systems like mission computers, navigation and telemetry systems.”21 As recently as Jan. 28, 2008, the C10 version of the PSLV launched an Israeli spy satellite.22
    ISRO’s multiple satellite launches in January 2007 did represent a key milestone in India’s space program. Engineers from ISRO used a four stage PSLV C7. For this launch, India also developed the Dual Launch Adapter (DLA) to launch and dispense four satellites.23 The Iridium satellite dispenser that triggered paranoia about technology transfer to China in the United States is similar to the DLA. The DLA launched two 500-650 kilogram spacecraft – the Cartosat 2 and the Space Recovery Capsule - and two other smaller satellites.
    The fourth or final stage of the PSLV C7 is essentially the equivalent of the Post Boost Control System (PBCS) or the Tran- stage bus that the United States used for multiple satellite launches in the 1960s. To that extent, the PBCS and the PSLV’s final stage are a maneuvering platform. Note that the PSLV fourth stage engine is restartable,24 just as the PBCS had a restart capability. In the PSLV’s case, the fourth stage employs a 7.5-kilonewton pressure fed bi-propellant liquid engine with an impulse of 305 per second guiding the satellite payload to achieve orbital injection.25 Yet for upper stage technology, propulsive energy alone does not count in optimizing and calibrating injection accuracy. Rather, the key determinants are navigation sensors, the quality of navigation software, and the efficiency of the guidance and control system.26 The PSLV’s fourth stage in the January 2007 launch executed a complex set of maneuvers to place its payload precisely into their designated orbit. As ISRO scientists in one paper recently noted, “The orbital injection accuracies for the PSLV and GSLV…have been excellent.”27 This has been achieved through the consistent qualitative improvement in the Redundant Strap Down Inertial Navigation System (RESINS) which uses indigenously developed Dynamically Tuned Gyros (DTG) and Servo Accelerometers (SA).28 The SAs are high accuracy devices that enable precise payload injections.
    In addition, the half-ton Space Recovery Experiment (SRE) capsule that India launched and recovered validated “(1) light weight reusable thermal protection system, (2) aero-thermal structure design/analysis, (3) hypersonic aerothermodynamics, (4) navigation, guidance and control of re-entry vehicle, (5) deceleration systems, (6) floating systems and recovery systems/operation, and (7) management of communication blackout.”29 The SRE was de-orbited after 12 days in space, during which time it conducted microgravity experimentation, provided valuable data on reusable launch vehicles, and helped scientists understand the requirements for India’s manned moon mission. Indian space managers recovered the capsule 165 kilometers off the southeast coast of India.
    The successful recovery of the SRE certainly indicates the validation of at least a nascent re-entry vehicle capability pivotal to MIRV development. The SRE design seems to share some technical features to a few re-entry vehicles tested and used by the United States


    › See More: Agni -MIRV

  2. #32
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States
    over the years. The SRE is a sphere-cone-flare design similar to the Atlas Mk 3 RV launched in 1960 and the Titan II ICBM’s Mk 6 RV deployed in 1960.30 In addition, the SRE-1 demonstrated a hypersonic capability and onboard guidance and control sub-systems similar to what the United States validated when it first tested its hypersonic re-entry vehicle known as the Maneuvering Ballistic Re-entry Vehicle (MBRV) in the 1960s.31 The MBRV served as an important building block for the Minuteman III MIRV system.32 Notably, the SRE-1 also validated a Kalman Filter which provides sensory information such as position and speed of a moving or static object.33 Thus to that degree, SRE-1 is consequential if applied and developed further for military purposes.
    Finally, in 2001 vernier engines that control and regulate vehicular oscillations, a critical technology for the development of a MIRV capability, were used in the upper stage of the first developmental flight of ISRO’s Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV) which placed a two-ton payload in Geo Transfer Orbit (GTO).34 The Inertial System’s Unit (ISU) of ISRO is responsible for the research and development of advanced upper stage technologies related to guidance, navigation, restart capability and positional changes in space particularly for Geosynchronous launches.35 Currently, ISRO is working on the development of optical gyros and high efficiency accelerometers.36
    All these developments occurred long before the scheduled launch of NASA’s instruments. India already has critical enabling technology necessary for the research and development of a MIRV capability that have been validated through a series of successful satellite launches. Thus any technological accoutrements that can potentially arise from current or expanded U.S.-India civilian space cooperation are, at best, tangential.
    But does placing multiple satellites in orbit require the same level of precision as delivering MIRVs? John Pike of explained in 1998:
    Satellite operators generally set standards for launch vehicles, placing their satellites into some proximity of the destination orbit. But the margin for error in the real world is normally many miles. And since satellites always carry their own maneuvering propellant, it's left to the satellite rather than the launcher to reach the ultimate destination. And in the case of deploying multiple satellites, this deployment can take place over a period of hours or days rather than the minutes found in the case of a multiple warhead missile. The warheads carried on missiles have no such supplementary guidance or propulsion capability, and rely entirely on the missile and equality of the re-entry vehicle body to reach their terrestrial destination.37
    The answer is no, delivering satellites on orbit does not require the same accuracy that is needed in a MIRV, but Pike’s statement is still conditional. There is a definitional issue of accuracy. In India’s case, the demands on accuracy are contingent, in that missile accuracy is not completely geared to striking military targets, necessitating extensive testing to achieve high levels of precision. There are differences between the needs of India, China and the United States when it comes to missile precision. During the Cold War, accuracy through counterforce attacks was a premium for the United States. The objective was to fight and win a nuclear war with the Soviet Union.38 But India’s nuclear doctrine represents a significant departure from Cold War thinking because it implicitly emphasizes countervalue targeting as a retributive measure, obviating the need to optimize accuracy through precision nuclear attacks against the adversary’s retaliatory
    forces. In fact, speaking in the context of China’s targeting posture, Pike himself maintains it makes little difference where exactly ground zero is for Chinese missiles, if their target is another country’s city.39 This point applies equally in India’s case. As one influential member of India’s nuclear policymaking establishment noted, India’s nuclear doctrine and force posture rejects the “spurious doctrines of counterforce.”40 To that extent, accuracy is unlikely to be the definitive or stringent criterion for India, since it has the luxury of settling for moderate accuracy as opposed to high accuracy, and eases some technical strictures or precision necessary under a counterforce doctrine. Technology in this instance is likely to interact with doctrine.
    But there is another conditional issue with Pike’s statement. A multiple satellite ejection does not necessarily have to occur over a period of hours and days: the process can happen in the space of a few minutes. In fact, the 2007 launch discussed above ejected all satellites within a few minutes.41 Nevertheless, even if this analysis has shown India’s mastery of the techniques of multiple satellite dispensation, the conversion of that into a credible MIRV capability requires more exacting standards, because there are other conditional variables.
    Three hurdles will confront India’s MIRV efforts: warhead miniaturization, warhead guidance and re-entry technology. The challenge for India is not per se about weapon yield if the objective is merely to develop simple fission-based warheads of 5-20 kiloton yield, which it can do. The real problem lies in sufficiently miniaturizing and making the warheads light so as to enable their successful integration into a MIRV platform. MIRV design and development in the United States benefited from significant parallel advances in electronics that enabled warhead miniaturization and substantial qualitative progress in yield-to-weight ratios. If high yield does not count, then weight and compactness (size and dimensions) certainly do. In the case of simple fission devices, it is reasonable to assume that India’s nuclear scientists since the 1998 nuclear tests have made some progress in fabricating new weapons designs or made improvements on older ones.42 Whether these designs are small and light enough to be compatible with a MIRV configuration is unknown, but MIRVed ballistic missiles are finely balanced projectiles. As Greenwood notes, “The entire package must be made small enough and light enough to meet the severe volume and weight constraints of the missile’s overall design.”43 In India’s case, reducing size and weight could compromise the yield of even 15- to 20- kiloton warheads. Indian missile engineers and nuclear scientists working in concert will have to harmonize these three demands. If not, they may have to settle for 5- to 10- kiloton yields to develop compact and lighter warheads. Whether India’s strategic and military elites are prepared to do that is open to conjecture.
    On the other hand, if the quest is to achieve higher thermonuclear yields without compromising the imperatives of lower weight and size, the challenge is substantially greater. With only six nuclear tests under its belt, it is difficult to imagine that India can overcome all these challenges without sacrificing something and it applies particularly to high yield weapons.44 One account maintains that it is possible that India can build thermonuclear weapons, but the thermonuclear test that Indian scientists claimed they conducted in 1998 might not have yielded the desired result.45 Therefore, India’s nuclear
    warhead integration capacity is not linked to its satellite integration capabilities. India’s capacity to do the latter is emphatically unquestionable, but is not necessarily certain in the former.
    In addition to these complex tradeoffs, there is an important secondary challenge. The guidance and control mechanism has to be a high memory computer repository that can sort out guidance equations for every single vehicle, preserve target data, and avert movements during free-fall injurious to vehicular stability.46 Vernier rockets are crucial in this exercise, as are other inertial systems such as accelerometers and gyroscopes. India’s advances in these areas are reasonable and do not represent an acute challenge, but improvements will be necessary to fit the demands of a MIRV capability.
    A crucial final challenge ties into Pike’s statement noted above, which is the essential difference between dispensing multiple satellites and delivering multiple warheads. The distinction is self-evident: satellites do not immediately return to earth, while re-entry vehicles do. Re-entry technology will remain a demanding technological challenge for India’s missile engineers.
    Designing the re-entry vehicles deployed in the U.S. arsenal required a substantial investment in research and development. The real challenge as Greenwood points out was in making the vehicles slimmer to withstand excess aerodynamic pressures in order to optimize high “ballistic coefficients,” and ease rapid re-entry, stabilize gyrations during the vehicle’s steep descent through the atmosphere to offset yaw, and ensure that the high quality heat deflecting ablative material is light (typically high grade carbon composites) and is evenly distributed across the vehicle.47 All these performance characteristics have to be met while simultaneously protecting the vehicle in the re-entry phase.48
    Even if one accepted the assumption that high accuracy and yield are inconsequential for India, at a minimum guidance and particularly re-entry would remain inescapable challenges. As Theodore Von Karman pointed out, “Reentry is…perhaps the most difficult problem one can imagine.”49 To that extent, Indian missile engineers would confront difficult technical hurdles in MIRVing the latest variant of the AGNI-III Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) and potentially other Indian missiles in the future. Despite the declared intention to develop MIRVs, it is still unclear whether India’s missiles will be tipped with MIRVs or Multiple Re-entry Vehicles (MRVs). If it is the latter, then it does not represent a significant advance in capabilities, because MRV-tipped missiles are relatively crude devices and release their warheads unguided to their target in clusters of two or three.50 There is evidence to suggest that India is working on militarily usable re-entry systems or critical materials and technologies related to that end through either collaborative projects with other countries and through indigenous effort.51
    There are similar underlying principles between MIRVs and satellite integration and dispensation. There also exists an immutable interchangeability of some technologies for the development of both, but the objectives for which they are developed are vastly
    different and therefore the technical demands are also different. That is where the crucial distinction lies.

  3. #33
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States
    DRDO Plans New Lethal Weapons | India Defence Online

    India Defence Sector Strategic Intelligence

    DRDO Plans New Lethal Weapons

    The state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is in the process of developing a multi-warhead missile technology with nuclear capability. Therefore, DRDO will enable a single rocket to deliver multiple warheads and even non-conventional nuclear systems at different targets

    The DRDO has been working extensively to develop a homegrown technology that would enable a single-rocket-multiple warhead system and is ready to make it happen in a few years. The current missiles are conventional systems that allow the delivery of one warhead at a time. The DRDO is also applying its resources that will certify the technology that will help India deploy multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRV) on its missiles.

    DRDO scientists indicated that the platform for re-entry vehicles would be different from the indigenously developed ‘Agni’ missiles. The guidance system will have a high degree of accuracy to offset even a small circular error of probability or a negligible deviation from the intended target. Even the warheads will be customized to a small size for achieving the target. Since the destructive potential of smaller warheads on multiple vehicles is low, these warheads will have to hit the intended targets at the accurate point and optimise the damage, added the DRDO scientists.

    While India prides itself with such advanced defence technology, the current development could also contradict the principle of nuclear restraint.

    The technology in the MIRV system was conceived in the early 1960s by the to increase the limited capacity of its nuclear submarines carrying ballistic missiles. This prompted Russia (then USSR) to develop similar technology. Eventually, the two countries signed several strategic arms limitation agreements, reducing the number and weight of the warheads.

  4. 14-01-10, 04:23 PM


  5. #34
    Moderator sayareakd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    10302 times
    slightly off course discussion..........
    LF are you aware about the fins in the upper stage of Agani 2

    Agni II missile  Republic Day Parade 2004 1

    this will take care of chines mid course interceptor........ as it can change the missile trajectory in the mid course and in terminal course.

    therefore in future it will be advisable to have MIRVs with fins.......
    “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

  6. #35
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States
    Re: USA ready to supply India with Nuke secret and MIRV Technology.

    USA ready to supply India with Nuke secret and MIRV Technology.

    A vote, a strike and a sleight of hand
    By Conn Hallinan
    Asia Times Online :: Middle East News, Iraq, Iran current affairs


    [One key piece on this new Cold War chessboard is India, which under
    the previous right-wing government saw itself as a political and
    economic rival to Beijing. But there was an obstacle to bringing India
    into the ring of US allies stretching from Japan in the East, to
    Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in Central Asia .

    In 1974, using enriched uranium secretly gleaned from a Canadian - and
    US - supplied civilian reactor, India set off an atomic bomb. New
    Delhi was subsequently cut off from international uranium supplies and
    had to fall back on its own rather thin domestic sources. Yet another
    set of barriers was erected following India's 1998 nuclear blasts.

    But the Bush administration realized that if it wanted India to play
    spear bearer for the US, the Indians would need to expand and
    modernize their nuclear weapons program, an almost impossible task if
    they couldn't purchase uranium supplies abroad. India produces about
    300 tons of uranium a year, but the bulk of that goes to civilian
    power plants.

    According to the 2005 edition of Deadly Arsenals, India presently has
    between 70 and 110 nuclear weapons, plus 400 to 500 kilograms of
    weapons grade uranium on hand. Given India's present level of
    technology, a stockpile of that size can produce about 100 atomic

    Those weapons, however, are fairly unsophisticated, and too big and
    clunky for long-range missiles. Nor are Indian missiles yet capable of
    reaching targets all over China , although the Agni III, with a range
    of 2,000, miles is getting close.

    The sleight of hand
    So here comes the sleight of hand.

    On June 28, Indian Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee met with Rumsfeld
    to sign the US-India Defense Relationship Agreement, which gives India
    access to sophisticated missile technology under the guise of aiding
    its space program.

    The defense pact was denounced by the Communist Party of India/Marxist
    - one of the parties in the alliance's governing coalition - as
    "fraught with serious consequences", that would end up making India
    like "Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, all traditional military
    allies of the United States".

    The June agreement was followed by a July 18 meeting of Indian Prime
    Minister Manmohan Singh and President George W Bush that ended US
    restrictions on India's civilian nuclear power program, and allowed
    India to begin purchasing uranium on the international market.

    While the Bush administration is telling the US Congress that the pact
    will encourage civilian over military uses of nuclear technology,
    Manmohan told the Indian parliament, "There is nothing in this joint
    statement that amounts to limiting or inhibiting our strategic nuclear
    weapons program."

    Indeed, by allowing India to buy uranium on the open market, the pact
    will let India divert all of its domestic uranium supplies to weapons
    production. That would allow it to produce up to 1,000 warheads,
    making it the third largest arsenal in the world behind the US and

    Of course there was a price for these agreements: India had to vote to
    drag Iran before the Security Council. The Americans were quite clear
    that failure to join in on the White House's jihad against Tehran
    meant the agreements would go on ice. "India," warned US
    representative Tom Lantos, will "pay a very hefty price for their
    total disregard of US concerns vis-a-vis Iran."

  7. #36
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States
    Agni-V - a knol by Vijainder K Thakur


    At a Glance

    Range 5,000km
    Stages Three
    Warhead Weight
    Warhead Type Single
    MIRV warheads under development.
    Status Design completed
    First Test - Early 2011

    The Indian Government sanctioned Rs2,500 crore to develop the Agni V missile, with a range of 5,000km in 2008. The missile is expected to be ready for testing in the 2010-11 time frame. (The Agni V is also referred to as Agni III+).

    The missile is being developed by adding an all composite third state to the two-stage, 3, 500km Agni III missile.

    The missile will have 60% commonality of components with Agni III, including its ring laser gyroscope and accelerometer.

    The gyroscope was developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI), sister laboratory of ASL, and is part of DRDO's missile complex in Hyderabad.

    The ring laser is also fitted on the Shourya tactical missile.

    Use of Composites
    Besides the all composite third stage, the second stage of the missile will also use composites to save weight and allow for the addition of a third stage.

    Talking to The Hindu in November, Avinash Chander, director of the Agni program and of the Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) said the Agni V design has been completed and the first development flight test will be conducted in 2010.

    MIRV Warheads
    VK Saraswat, DRDO's Chief Controller of Missiles and Strategic Systems, told Business Standard in May 2008 that DRDO is working on a 5,000kme range Agni-5 missile, with multiple warheads (MIRVs) that can maneuver and send out decoys to confuse enemy anti-missile defenses.

    In October 2008, ASL Director Avinash Chander told Business Standard:

    “We have made major progress on the MIRVs in the last two years.”

    MIRV technology is very similar to the multiple satellite launch technology that ISRO has mastered and repeatedly demonstrated using its PSLV launcher. However, warhead separation requires a higher degree of accuracy than satellite separation. MIRV is effective only when accuracy of the individual warheads is high, allowing relatively small warheads to be targeted at widely dispersed targets.

    MIRVed missiles deployed on nuclear submarines represent a potent second strike capability in support of a no first use nuclear doctrine like the one embraced by India.

    Canister Launch
    The mobile missile will be the first Indian strategic missile capable of canister launch, allowing it to be deployed and launched from any part of the country. A canister launch capability is also compatible with reports that the missile will ultimately equip India's newly launched nuclear powered submarine - INS Arihant.

    Placing the missile in a hermetically sealed canister facilitates long term storage. The missile canister is made of maraging steel allowing it to withstand the 300 to 400 t shock generated when the 50-ton ejected out.

    All future missiles will be canister based ASL Director Avinash Chander told Business Standard in October 2009,

    “The Agni-5 is specially tailored for road-mobility,” explains Avinash Chander, Director, ASL. “With the canister having been successfully developed, all India’s future land-based strategic missiles will be canisterised as well”.

    Canister technology was initially developed for the naval variant of Brahmos missile. The technology was completely mastered during the development of the K-15 missiles that will initially equip INS Arihant.

    Road mobility gives Agni-5 global reach (Business Standard)
    Agni-V design completed; to be test-fired in 2010 (The Hindu)
    Govt allots Rs2,500 cr for Agni-V (DNA India)

  8. #37
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States
    The Hindu : National : Agni-V design completed; to be test-fired in 2010

    Agni-V design completed; to be test-fired in 2010

    Y. Mallikarjun

    HYDERABAD: When India test-fires the 5,000-km range Agni-V in 2010, it will be one of the most sophisticated, smart and intelligent missiles of its class, featuring a host of new technologies, including measures to counter a ballistic missile threat.

    This surface-to-surface missile, which will have the longest rangeof all Indian missiles, will form a crucial element of the country’s nuclear deterrence programme. With scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) deciding to make it a canister-launch weapon system, Agni-V is expected to provide a major tactical advantage as it can be launched from anywhere in the country.

    Talking to The Hindu here, Avinash Chander, director of the Agni programme and of the Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) Avinash Chander, who is also the director of the Agni programme, said the design was completed and the first development flight test will be conducted in 2010. Two of the three stages of the solid-propellant missile will be made of composites, making it lighter. While 60 per cent of the sub-systems will be similar to those of the 3,500-km-range Agni-III, the rest will comprise new and advanced technologies like the ring laser gyroscope and accelerometer, which provide navigation and guidance. The gyroscope was developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI), sister laboratory of ASL, and is part of DRDO’s missile complex here. This advanced technology was proved successfully in Agni-III and in the recent test-firing of Shourya, the tactical missile. Referring to ring laser gyroscope, G. Satish Reddy, director, navigation, observed “this technology is developed by very few countries and we are on a par with them now.”

    Underlining the importance of canister-launch, Mr. Chander said all future Agni missions will have canister launch. Canister had nothing to do with silo or non-silo. V.G. Sekaran, associate director (programmes), ASL, said the Agni-V programme was on schedule. “We are in the development mode and qualification trial will follow.” All the sub-systems will be ground-tested till 2010.

  9. #38
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States
    DRDO appointed ?Missile Woman of India? Tessy Thomas to lead Agni V project|CEOWORLD Magazine

    DRDO appointed ‘Missile Woman of India’ Tessy Thomas to lead Agni V project

    DRDO appointed Mrs.Tessy Thomas as the project director of India’s prestegious missile program AGNI-5 Project.

    Tessy Thomas, who was made the project director of the 2,500 km Agni II missile last year has now been appointed as the project director of India’s most ambitious missile, the 5000 km Agni V. the missile is slated to be tested for the first time next year.

    she played a crucial role in the successful firing of the 3,500-km range Agni-III missile as an associate project director.

    Now assigned to Agni-V, the test-firing of which will propel India towards having potent ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) capabilities, largely the preserve of the Big-5 countries till now.

    Thomas, also the project director of the new, advanced version of the 2,500-km Agni-II missile since last year, joined DRDO in 1988 and was assigned to the Agni project by former president and ‘missile man’ A P J Abdul Kalam.

    The B Tech graduate from the Kozhikode-based Thrissur Engineering College did her Masters from Defence Institute of Advanced Technologies, Pune.

    What is Agni-V (missile)?

    An upgraded version of the Agni III known as the Agni-V (Earlier known as Agni-III* (Agni-III star) and Agni-IV).

    The missile will have a range of about 5000-6000 km and the first test flight is expected in 2010 end.

    Manufacturer- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL)

    Unit cost- Rs 250-350 million (INR) or $ 5.6-7.9 million (USD)

    Engine- Three stage

    Operational range- 5000-6000 km

    Launch platform- 8 x 8 Tatra TELAR (Transporter erector launcher) & Rail Mobile Launcher (canisterized missile package)

    The DRDO has demonstrated Agni I (700 kms), Agni II (upto 2000 kms) and now Agni-III (beyond 3000 kms), with capability to carry both conventional and nuclear warheads in a span of two decades.

    Agni V would be a three-stage, all composite, solid propellant fuelled and advanced version in the Agni Class of Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles.

    In February 2009 it was reported that a senior official of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said that India was likely to fire its Agni-V ballistic missile with a range of 5,000 km by the end of 2010.

  10. #39
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States

    India Investing in MIRV Technology

    Ajey Lele
    Research Fellow, IDSA
    e-mail: [email protected]

    What is a credible nuclear deterrence? This question is being debated in India for last couple of years without much of agreement amongst security experts. The debate normally focuses around issues such as what number of nuclear weapons should India possess? What should be the yield and type? Should the nature of nuclear threat envisaged from adversaries determine the number of weapons? Or should the type and number of targets which India proposes to engage to prove its second strike capability, decide the numbers we should possess?

    All these discussions have one basic premise and that is: one missile would deliver one nuclear warhead. India’s nuclear triad: a delivery system for nuclear missile from an aerial platform, ship/land based platform or a submarine also essentially caters for one nuclear warhead per one missile launch. However, all this could change and the debate on ‘quantifying’ nuclear deterrence would have to take an additional parameter into consideration in near future and that is India’s MIRV (multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles) capabilities. India’s Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) is proposing to develop a new strategic weapon technology called MIRV.

    MIRV technology is not a new technology. Rather it is a technology of the 1960s and was first developed by the US, followed by USSR. MIRV is a set of nuclear weapons carried on a single missile (intercontinental or submarine launched ballistic missile). This technology allows striking several targets in a single launch. During the launch the main rocket of this system pushes the set of warheads up in the atmosphere. Each warhead strikes a target separately. The launch of such missile constitutes firing a missile having multiple stages. During its ballistic path every stage gets separated at a predetermined time after the launch. Along with every stage one or more warheads get fired. A four stage missile could fire eight to ten warheads on the targets. For a standard launch normally 60 seconds after the launch the first stage separates and other two or three stages separate roughly with an interval of 60 seconds each. The post boost vehicle which separates from the missile prepares for re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere. During all these maneuvers, warheads get fired after a gap of few seconds at pre-identified targets. The exact technology of firing sequence and how it actually happens has, for obvious reasons, always been kept a secret by states possessing this technology.

    For better understanding, parallels could be drawn from the multiple satellite launches undertaken by few states with a single launch vehicle. There have been cases where around eight to ten satellites have been launched in one go. The major difference is that these satellites are positioned in different orbits in space while in case of MIRV the warheads re-enter the earth’s atmosphere and fire on the target. The system is designed in such a fashion that the damage caused by several small warheads could be much more than that caused by a single warhead.

    There are reports that now India’s premier defence research organization DRDO is validating technologies towards testing MIRV. According to DRDO officials, the platform for re-entry vehicles would be dissimilar from their earlier successful designs used in Agni series of missiles. It appears that they are testing a more modern technology. Another challenge for the Indian scientists would be to design and develop a guiding system with a high degree of accuracy. Some are of the opinion that MIRV technology need not be viewed only with a nuclear backdrop and even conventional warheads could be placed onboard of such missile. It also needs to be noted that India is yet to prove its ICBM capabilities and is expected to test 5,000-km-range Agni-V missile shortly.

    MIRV testing has received a significant amount of criticism too. This technology is known for reducing the impact of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks agreement (SALT). SALT talks about limiting the number of missiles but with MIRV the issue of number of missiles becomes irrelevant since a single missile can carry many warheads and cause significant destruction. Also, this technology reduces the importance of a missile defence shield. This is because such systems are capable of addressing only one missile threat at a time.

    Possession of MIRV technology is expected to boost India’s defence preparedness. DRDO’s willingness to invest in this technology clearly indicates that India’s missile programme has matured considerably. Coming years would see greater Indian investment in micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS), nano-sensors, nano-materials and advanced information technology tools. Such investments would be essential for creating reliable and robust but highly accurate systems like MIRV. This technology would certainly boost India’s nuclear deterrence capabilities. It also needs to be appreciated that the technologies developed for MIRV would find direct or indirect applicability in various other fields of defence too.

  11. #40
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States

    Road mobility gives Agni-5 global reach

    Ajai Shukla | 2009-10-12 11:31:00

    The Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) in Hyderabad, which develops India€™s strategic (long-range, nuclear-tipped) missiles, has dramatically increased the options for its forthcoming Agni-5 missile by making it highly road-mobile, or easily transportable by road.

    That enables the Agni-5 to reach targets far beyond its stated 5,000-km range by quickly moving closer to the target. In a hypothetical war against, say, Sweden, an Agni-5 launcher, stationed near Bangalore, would be unable to strike Stockholm, 7,000 km away. But moving by road to Amritsar would bring Stockholm within range.

    Similarly, moving the Agni-5 to northeast India would bring even Harbin, China€™s northernmost city, within striking range. From various places across India, the Agni-5 can reach every continent except North and South America.

    The Agni-5 will be the first canisterised, road-mobile missile in India€™s arsenal, similar to the Dongfeng-31A that created ripples during China€™s National Day Military Parade in Beijing on October 1. India€™s current long-range missile, the Agni-3, a non-canisterised missile, can only be moved with difficulty from one place to another.

    In many other respects, the Agni-5, which is scheduled to make its first flight in early-2011, carries forward the Agni-3 pedigree. With composites used extensively to reduce weight, and a third stage added on (the Agni-3 was a two-stage missile), the Agni-5 can fly 1,500 km further than the 3,500-km Agni-3.

    "The Agni-5 is specially tailored for road-mobility," explains Avinash Chander, Director, ASL. "With the canister having been successfully developed, all India€™s future land-based strategic missiles will be canisterised as well".

    Made of maraging steel, a canister must provide a hermitically sealed atmosphere that preserves the missile for years. During firing, the canister must absorb enormous stresses when a thrust of 300to 400 tonnes is generated to eject the 50-tonne missile.

    Canister technology was first developed in India for the Brahmos cruise missile. But it was the K-15 underwater-launched missile, developed here in Hyderabad for India€™s nuclear-powered submarine, INS Arihant, which fully overcame the technological hurdles in canisterising ballistic missiles.

    Another major technological breakthrough that will beef up the Agni-5 is ASL€™s success in developing and testing MIRVs (multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles). An MIRV, atop an Agni-5 missile, comprises three to 10 separate nuclear warheads. Each warhead can be assigned to a separate target, separated by hundreds of kilometres; alternatively, two or more warheads can be assigned to one target.

    "We have made major progress on the MIRVs in the last two years," is all that Avinash Chander is willing to say on the subject.

    Nevertheless, extensive testing still lies ahead for this highly complex technology. MIRVs will be deployed on the Agni-5 only after another 4-5 years.

    While MIRV technology is similar to launching multiple satellites through a space rocket, a missile requires far greater accuracy. A satellite would be considered in correct orbit even it is a kilometre higher or lower than planned.

    But each warhead in an MIRV must impact within 40 metres of its target. With such high accuracies, even small nuclear warheads are sufficient for the job.

    Strategic planners consider MIRVs essential, given India€™s declared "no first use" nuclear policy. Even after an enemy has hit India with a full-fledged nuclear strike, destroying or incapacitating much of the strategic arsenal, a handful of surviving Indian missiles must be capable of retaliating with massive and unacceptable damage. Multiple warheads on a handful of Agni-5 missiles would constitute such a capability.

    MIRVs also enable a single missile to overwhelm the enemy€™s missile defences. Tracking and shooting down multiple warheads are far more difficult than intercepting a single warhead.

    Providing each warhead with the capability to manoeuvre, and dodge enemy interceptor missiles, increases survivability further. The MIRV warheads are also being given electronic packages for jamming enemy radars.

  12. #41
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States

    Youtube-What makes AGNI 5 Deadlier
    Last edited by LETHALFORCE; 31-01-10 at 07:53 AM.

  13. #42
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States

    India Stresses Missile Development

    India has become a major consumer, producer and developer of advanced technology. With indigenous defense programs coming to fruition, partnerships with key global contractors, a clever use of offsets (DTI October 2007, p. 22) and billions of dollars slated for procurement, India and its leading scientific agency, the Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO), are becoming world-class players in the development and application of advanced technology.

    India has been upgrading its military capabilities in recent years, driven by its growing economy and challenges ranging from border conflicts with Pakistan and China to terrorism. One area in particular, aerospace, is returning major dividends to air, ground and naval forces as measured by advances in force projection, striking power and deterrence.

    The DRDO will spend $10 billion over the next seven years on strategic and tactical missiles, including the Astra air-to-air missile, BrahMos supersonic cruise missile (DTI December 2007, p. 17), Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM), Nag antitank guided missile and the Shourya surface-to-surface ballistic missile.

    Missile research got a boost when the Defense Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL)—part of DRDO—developed the Akash in the 1990s and added technology upgrades last year that increased its range. The Indian Air Force (IAF) placed an order with government-owned Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) and its partners for two squadrons of Akash SAMs, which have a range of 30 km. (18 mi.). The delivery timeline is 36 months.

    “The order will be cleared by 2011,” says Prahlada, chief controller of the DRDO, who uses one name. “This is the first time [an indigenous] SAM for air defense has been ordered. This has also convinced the army to look at Akash.” (An interview with Prahlada appeared in DTI January/February 2006, p. 40.)
    Shourya surface-to-surface missile is designed to provide India with a second-strike capability.Credit: AP/WIDE WORLD FILE PHOTO

    A long-range SAM (70 km.) is in the pipeline through a joint development program with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) that started last year. The program involves DRDO labs in Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad. IAI will contribute most of the technology.

    Having successfully test-fired the Agni-3 surface-to-surface missile (range 3,000 km.), DRDO is looking at the Agni-5, which has derivative technology for larger payloads and longer range. The Agni-5 will be a solid-fuel ballistic missile with multiple warheads. Two of its three stages will be made of composites. Its range will be over 5,000 km. The first flight-test version is expected by 2010.

    The missile is being developed for deterrence, not as an offensive weapon, says V.K. Saraswat, who oversees research and development on missiles and strategic systems at DRDO. “The Agni-3 and Agni-5 will have countermeasures, reentry maneuver capabilities and stealth.”

    Sixty percent of Agni-5 subsystems will be similar to those in the Agni-3. The rest of the missile will have advanced technologies such as a locally developed ring-laser gyroscope and accelerometer for navigation and guidance.

    The recent test-firing of the new Shourya ballistic missile was another success for DRDO. Shourya, developed for use by the army, is designed to provide a credible second-strike capability. Its range is reportedly 600 km. DRDO has not said if it can carry nuclear warheads, but the missile reportedly has high maneuverability and an anti-missile intercept capability.

  14. #43
    On Vacation! Daredevil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    5481 times
    All Agni-III launch related news and discussion moved to Indian Missile Development Thread. Keep this thread for MIRV developments only.
    Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens.

  15. #44
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States

    Agni mirv designs


    AGNI MIRV possible future designs

  16. #45
    Moderator LETHALFORCE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    4171 times
    United States

    ICBM test to launch India into Big Five

    Times of India ^ | 2/14/2009 | Rajat Pandit

    Posted on Saturday, February 14, 2009 3:28:25 AM by bruinbirdman

    BANGALORE: India will test its most ambitious strategic missile next year, in what will be its first step towards having potent ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) capabilities, largely the preserve of the Big-5 countries till now.

    With the design work on the 5,000-km-range Agni-V virtually over now, DRDO chief M Natarajan on Friday said the missile would certainly be tested before December 2010. "I am very confident we will be able to do it,'' he said, speaking on the sidelines of the Aero India-2009 show here.

    The work on the nuclear-capable Agni-V basically revolves around incorporating a third composite stage in the two-stage Agni-III, along with some advanced technologies like ring laser gyroscope and accelerator for navigation and guidance.

    Agni-III, with a strike range of 3,500-km to accord the capability to strike targets deep inside China, on its part, has been successfully tested only two times till now.

    Defence scientists want the solid-fuelled Agni-V, for which the government has sanctioned around Rs 2,500 crore, to be a canister-launch missile system to ensure it has the requisite operational flexibility to be fired from any part of the country.

    Agni-V will be slightly short of true ICBMs, which have ranges in excess of 5,500 km. "We have the capability to go in for much higher range but it is for the government to give a go-ahead. At present, we have a green signal for only Agni-V,'' said a scientist.

    As reported recently by TOI, while China is several leagues ahead, India continues to lag behind even Pakistan in the missile race. At present, only the 150-to-350 km short range Prithvi missile can be said to be "fully operational'' in the armed forces. The 700-km Agni-I and 2,000-km Agni-II are still in the process of being inducted into the forces.

    India, of course, hopes to gate-crash into the very exclusive club of countries like US, Russia and China, which have both ICBM as well as SLBM (submarine-launched ballistic missile) capabilities, by 2010-2011.

    DRDO is working on the K-15 SLBM, having tested it from submersible pontoon launchers till now, with the aim to integrate it on the indigenous nuclear submarines being built under the secretive ATV (advanced technology vessel) project.

    Though not in the range of the over 5,000-km SLBMs in the arsenal of US, Russia and China, the 750-km range K-15 will accord India with the desperately-needed third leg of the "nuclear weapon triad''. India currently depends on the Agni missiles as well as fighters like Mirage-2000s as its platforms to deliver nuclear weapons.

    DRDO, of course, is also going to shortly conduct the third test of the fledgling two-tier BMD (ballistic missile defence) system, capable of tracking and destroying incoming hostile missiles both inside (endo) and outside (exo) the earth's atmosphere.

    The BMD system was tested for the first time in November 2006 when an "exo-atmospheric'' hypersonic interceptor missile was used to destroy an "enemy'' Prithvi missile at an altitude of 40-50 km.

    The second time, in December 2007, an "endo-atmospheric interceptor'' took on an enemy missile at an altitude of 15-km. "After the third test in a month or so, we will test the endo and exo together in an integrated mode later this year,'' said a scientist.

Page 3 of 7 FirstFirst 1234567 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Agni-IV and Agni-III launch, September 2012
    By sathya in forum Strategic Forces
    Replies: 75
    Last Post: 11-01-14, 04:31 AM
  2. China tests DF-31A ICBM with MIRV
    By ice berg in forum China
    Replies: 46
    Last Post: 08-12-12, 01:49 PM
  3. Explained: The significance of Agni-4, Agni-5
    By SpArK in forum Strategic Forces
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 29-12-11, 10:28 AM
  4. Agni VI: India developing 6000 km range SLBM with MIRV
    By JAISWAL in forum Defence & Strategic Issues
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: 21-05-11, 09:00 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts