Air chief PV Naik in favour of flexing missile power

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  1. nrj

    nrj Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Nov 16, 2009
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    India must develop strategic missiles with intercontinental reach to deliver warheads more than 5,500 km away, the country's senior-most military commander has said, proposing a dramatic increase in the country's strike range. India plans to cap its strategic missile reach at 5,000 km, establishing a posture of deterrence against China and Pakistan.

    India's rising global stature demands developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), air force chief Air Chief Marshal PV Naik told HT in an exclusive interview.

    This is the first time that a serving military chief has argued for broadening India's strike capabilities beyond the immediate neighbourhood.


    Naik, who heads the chiefs of staff committee, said, "India should pursue an ICBM programme to acquire ranges of 10,000 km or even more. Breaking out of the regional context is important as the country's sphere of influence grows. We have no territorial designs on any country, but India needs the capability to match its sphere of influence."

    The air chief believes that an ICBM is within India's grasp: "There's no point capping the missile programme at 5,000 km. If we have the technical capability, we should build on it."

    ICBMs can hit targets up to 15,000 kilometre away.

    Ballistic missiles exit earth's atmosphere and re-enter to hit their targets.

    Currently, the 3,000-km range Agni-III is the only missile in the Indian arsenal that can strike targets inside China. The maiden test of the 5,000-km range Agni-V intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) is being planned by the end of this year.

    Five countries have deployed operational ICBMs with nuclear warheads - the US, Russia, China, France and the UK.

    China's 14,000-km range Dong Feng-31 ICBM can target virtually the entire world.

    A top Defence Research and Development Organisation scientist said India had the building blocks to develop ICBMs, "but where the warhead should go or what the range should be will have to be a political call."

    Development of an ICBM could cost India upwards of Rs 10,000 crore, about 6% of the country's defence budget.

    Ashley J Tellis, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said, "As of now, New Delhi has no strategic need for deploying ICBMs. But there's no legal regime that stops India from acquiring intercontinental reach."

    Apart from Agni-III, the 750-km short-range Agni-I and the 2,000-km medium-range Agni-II have been inducted into the armed forces.

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    Air chief PV Naik in favour of flexing missile power - Hindustan Times
  3. JBH22

    JBH22 Senior Member Senior Member

    Jul 29, 2010
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    Its feasible India has lots of money this sum is peanuts compared to the amount of money stolen in various scams
  4. ganesh177

    ganesh177 Regular Member

    May 18, 2009
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    Pune, Incredible India
    Raja alone can finance it from his pocket money.

    @ topic , acquiring 10k range of icbm is not going to give any more strategic clout to india, but just a show case of big boy tool.
  5. Neil

    Neil Senior Member Senior Member

    Jun 23, 2010
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    it will have lot of impact both psychologically and strategically on china for sure..... if we want to hit china[far off places] we have to use parts of are NE region which under war are highly vulnerable to enemy force so we should have capability to hit china even from Bay of Bengal
  6. sandeepdg

    sandeepdg Senior Member Senior Member

    Sep 5, 2009
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    Well, may not have the need for 10000 km ICBM currently, but nevertheless Air Chief is right in saying that when we have the technology, we should build upon it. We never know when a need may arise in the future hastening our requirement for an ICBM.
  7. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

    Aug 25, 2010
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    I have been saying the same for some time now.

    Hopefully the powers that be listen up because obviously air chief's voice carries more weight than mine.
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