How Mobile are our Missile Launchers

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    Agni-V TEL is way too longer than the actual missile
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    How Road mobile are our ballistic missiles are ? Well it all depends on how mobile are our transporter erector launcher (TEL). TEL are the prime movers which carry ballistic missiles, around the country .In India Agni series of missiles are usually seen on Multi-Axle Tractor trailers based on Not so Military grade trucks .

    When we showed a picture of Agni V missile from Republic parade to an old friend in Tata Trucks handling Heavy Commercial Vehicles , his instant reply was They are good to carry Heavy duty Cargos and Machinery .But when asked about Mobility and all terrain features , Answers were not so favorable .
    TEL currently used by India are either based on Ashok Leyland Tractor trailers for Agni I- and II or Volvo Tractor trailers for Agni III/ IV/V series of missiles . This Tractor trailers are modified in house by DRDO to carry missiles and to launch , but Trucks used are usually Civilian variants Procured directly from the Truck Manufactures . since Indian Agni missile series still lack canisters based storage, it makes them more vulnerable to attack, since they are easy to spot by the enemy and they cannot be easily moved around the country without been spotted .

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    DRDO recently successfully evaluated Transport-cum-Tilting vehicle-5 (TCT-5) for canister-based missile Agni 5 and plans are in place to make all Agni series of missiles canister based to give better and safer Road mobility . But use of Tractor trailers again with Commercially designed trucks, will still make them ridiculously longer than the missile size and not compact enough for faster mobility, Deployment or relocation in shortest period of time .

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    Russian RS-24 Yars’ ICBM

    If we have a look at TEL used by Russia on their long range ballistic missiles, you will instantly notice that they are much more compact and are based on specifically designed trucks for different missile systems which gives them better mobility and faster time to relocate if spotted . China till few years used Similar canister based Tractor trailers TEL for their long range missiles , But now Newer missile variants are seen with Russian Style like TEL, which have improved mobility , all-terrain and off road capability of this missile systems .


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    Well a simple look at above image comparison of 2500 km Shaheen II missiles deployed by arch rivals Pakistan, to Agni-II TEL will let you know which missile has better Road mobility when compared head on, But Pakistani missiles still lack Canister variants, leading to higher deployment time to prepare missile .TEL developed for Canister based Shaurya Missile , is much better design and provide higher mobility .DRDO Should work with Indian truck manufactures to bring out Specific missile based , Canister equipped, compact missile TEL in future . With India’s No first Nuke policy means , Land based Mobile missiles systems, will be hunted by Enemy forces to stop any retaliation, in case of nuclear attack on India . Induction of SLBM equipped Nuclear SSBN in large numbers will take another decade or so , India has to improve on TEL for their missile systems .



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    Is this article from IDRW?
     
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    No problem. It was an easy guess, looking at the punctuation horrors in the article. Most IDRW articles are rather shoddily edited, from the grammatical point of view.
     
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    Focus should be on SLBM's and MIRV which will ensure mobility and second strike
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    And underwater silos.
     
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    Current canisterization and mobility levels sucks for indian missiles !
     
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    Clearly this is an eye opener for the strategic forces bcoz hw long it will take 4 pakistan 2 beg china for canister technology . Now a days anyone with decent drone can identify potential targets even destroy it and how can we hide these canisters during war?
     
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    Yes , underwater silos are best i think . They are way more secure and undetectable as Gps and other navigation systems , satellites can't se under water .

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    bump.........................:...........
     
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    One reason for poor road mobile TELs is that our millitary planners have focussed more on rail mobile launchers. India has a vast rail network and an icbm could be hidden and taken to any location on the rail network without fear of identification. We anyway wont be launching icbm from hilly border locations but from somewhere in the plains.
    Also A5 will be canisterised along with mirv tech which will bring entire china into our range. Pak is taken care of by A1 itself.
     
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