DRDO faces four critical 'tests' in coming months

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    NEW DELHI: India may have again successfully test-fired the 2,000-km range Agni-II missile on Sunday but the actual mettle of defence scientists will be on trial in four critical tests slated over the next few months.

    As per the DRDO presentation given to the Cabinet Committee on Security last Thursday, these will be the sea trials of nuclear submarine INS Arihant and the test-firing of its K-15 missile, another test of the two-tier ballistic missile defence (BMD) system and, to cap it all, the second firing of the over 5,000-km Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), say sources.

    None of these weapon systems, however, is anywhere close to actually being inducted into the armed forces. Yes, the scientists have done well in developing such extremely complex systems. But all the big talk of India gate-crashing into "super-exclusive'' clubs of nuclear submarines, SLBMs (submarine-launched ballistic missiles), ICBMs or BMD systems is meaningless at this stage.

    As per the fresh timelines, the country's first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine, the 6,000-tonne INS Arihant, is now finally getting ready to begin its long-awaited sea trials next month. Since it was "launched'' at Visakhapatnam in July 2009, the submarine has been undergoing harbour-acceptance trials on "shore-based steam'' till now.

    Now, after its miniature 83 mw pressurized light-water reactor goes "critical'', INS Arihant will have to undergo extensive "sea-acceptance trials'' for well over a year, as also test-fire the 750-km range K-15 SLBMs. India's long-elusive nuclear weapon triad will be completed only after INS Arihant becomes fully-operational around end-2014.

    Then, DRDO plans to test the three-stage Agni-V, which will bring the whole of China within its strike envelope, around June. Tested for the first time in April 2012, Agni-V will require at least three more "repeatable'' tests before it can glide into the production phase for eventual induction by 2015-2016. "An over 6,000-km range Agni-VI is also being planned,'' said a source.

    DRDO is also hoping for the eighth "successful'' test of its BMD system, designed to track and destroy incoming ballistic missiles both inside (endo) and outside (exo) the earth's atmosphere, "within the next 30-40 days''.

    This missile shield has not been tested in an integrated mode, with both endo and exo interceptors together, till now. But DRDO is confident the BMD Phase-I system, which is supposed to intercept enemy missiles with a 2,000-km range, can be ready for deployment by 2014-2015. The Phase-II will tackle 5,000-km range missiles.

    DRDO faces four critical 'tests' in coming months - The Times of India
     
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    1. Arihant Sea Trials
    2. Launching of K15 from arihant
    3. BMD within 30-40 days.
    4. A5 test (hoping for cold launch).
     
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    Any news on the Nirbhay? That one also needs to be ramped up pretty quickly. I'd like India has to have this platform to take pot-shots at the terror camps across the border with impunity.
     
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    I wish DRDO best of luck !! Hoping for some good news :thumb:
     
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    So the pic of Arihant with K15 loading was correct :wave:
     
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    DRDO faces four critical ‘tests’ in coming months

    India may have again successfully test-fired the 2,000-km range Agni-II missile on Sunday but the actual mettle of defence scientists will be on trial in four critical tests slated over the next few months.

    As per the DRDO presentation given to the Cabinet Committee on Security last Thursday, these will be the sea trials of nuclear submarine INS Arihant and the test-firing of its K-15 missile, another test of the two-tier ballistic missile defence (BMD) system and, to cap it all, the second firing of the over 5,000-km Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), say sources.

    None of these weapon systems, however, is anywhere close to actually being inducted into the armed forces. Yes, the scientists have done well in developing such extremely complex systems. But all the big talk of India gate-crashing into “super-exclusive” clubs of nuclear submarines, SLBMs (submarine-launched ballistic missiles), ICBMs or BMD systems is meaningless at this stage.

    As per the fresh timelines, the country’s first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine, the 6,000-tonne INS Arihant, is now finally getting ready to begin its long-awaited sea trials next month. Since it was “launched” at Visakhapatnam in July 2009, the submarine has been undergoing harbour-acceptance trials on “shore-based steam” till now.

    Now, after its miniature 83 mw pressurized light-water reactor goes “critical”, INS Arihant will have to undergo extensive “sea-acceptance trials” for well over a year, as also test-fire the 750-km range K-15 SLBMs. India’s long-elusive nuclear weapon triad will be completed only after INS Arihant becomes fully-operational around end-2014.

    Then, DRDO plans to test the three-stage Agni-V, which will bring the whole of China within its strike envelope, around June. Tested for the first time in April 2012, Agni-V will require at least three more “repeatable” tests before it can glide into the production phase for eventual induction by 2015-2016. “An over 6,000-km range Agni-VI is also being planned,” said a source.

    DRDO is also hoping for the eighth “successful” test of its BMD system, designed to track and destroy incoming ballistic missiles both inside (endo) and outside (exo) the earth’s atmosphere, “within the next 30-40 days”.

    This missile shield has not been tested in an integrated mode, with both endo and exo interceptors together, till now. But DRDO is confident the BMD Phase-I system, which is supposed to intercept enemy missiles with a 2,000-km range, can be ready for deployment by 2014-2015. The Phase-II will tackle 5,000-km range missiles.

    DRDO faces four critical 'tests' in coming months - The Times of India
     
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    Re: DRDO faces four critical ‘tests’ in coming months

    can some one tell the expected numbers of respective types of missiles in India's arsenal
     
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    All the Best DRDO Failiures are part and parcel of any industry. Success will prove you by itself.

    ALSO I am really struck by the crappy tone of this article.Who the heck rights like this??

    Nobody should rest on thier laurals but the fact that over and above the tech denial regimes our defence scientist have achieved this much in the field of missiles is not proof enough??

    So now the sceintist have done well. But previous statement says that they are yet to prove their mettle.:toilet:
    WTF is a closet paki writing this?? This is the tone that the pure people from across the border take when righting articles about India. FACT none of these missiles are inducted yet. BUT these are proven capability does that not count for anything?
     

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