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Agni-V, INS Chakra give India a deadly punch

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  1. IndianTiger

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    New Delhi: Agni-V, the 5000-
    km range surface-to-surface
    Inter-Continental Ballistic
    Missile (ICBM) capable of
    carrying multiple nuclear
    warheads, has catapulted India into an extremely select
    club of countries possessing
    such a deadly weapons
    platform. Agni-V gives India
    the much-needed muscle and a
    strong deterrence against its nuclear-armed adversaries as
    the missile can not only target
    every city of China, but is also
    capable of reaching Australia,
    Eastern Europe, North Eastern
    and Eastern Africa. Coupled with the induction of
    the first operational nuclear
    attack submarine the Akula II
    class Nerpa rechristened INS
    Chakra into the Indian Navy
    on April 4, Agni-V gives India the power to deliver the
    knock out punch to the
    enemy in the event of
    hostilities breaking out. Only
    five other countries - China,
    Russia, France, the United States and the United
    Kingdom - have such long
    distance missiles. Agni-V and INS Chakra are the
    biggest and the most deadly
    symbol of Indias military
    might and while Army Chief
    General VK Singh's letter to
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the war
    preparedness, lack and
    obsolescence of vital weapons
    systems and ammunition
    made a lot of news in the last
    few weeks, what went unnoticed is that the defence
    forces have been slowly
    adding muscle to counter the
    threat of a two-front war. In
    the past few months the
    government and the defence forces have taken several
    steps to plug in the gaps in
    Indias defence, particularly in
    relation with China. Along with the earlier missiles
    of the Agni series - Agni-I
    (range: 700 km), Agni-II
    (2,000 km), Agni-III and IV
    (3,000 plus km) range - the
    ICBM gives India a wide array of potent weapons platform
    to take on the enemy. The 17
    m long, 2 m wide and 50
    tonne Agni-V is a generation
    ahead of the other surface-to-
    surface missiles in India's inventory and what makes
    the missile extremely
    effective and deadly is that it
    can carry Multiple
    Independently Targetable Re-
    entry Vehicles (MITRV) capable of delivering multiple
    warheads at different targets
    at long distances. Such missiles when fired in
    large numbers can penetrate a
    ballistic missile shield and
    devastate the intended target
    or targets. After the missile is
    inducted into the strategic forces by 2014-2015, India will
    acquire a strong deterrent
    capacity against China as the
    entire country would come
    under its range. Although Agni-V will need to
    undergo several more trials
    before it can be formally
    inducted into India's arsenal,
    the test-firing has sent out a
    strong statement to the world, particularly to the
    countrys adversaries. The induction of INS Chakra,
    the impending sea trials of the
    indigenous nuclear submarine
    INS Arihant that will be
    armed with torpedoes and the
    700-km range nuclear K-15 submarine-launched ballistic
    missiles, the shortlisting of the
    Rafale for Indian Air Forces
    (IAF) 126 Medium Multi-Role
    Combat Aircraft (MMRCA),
    induction of two squadrons of the front-line Sukhoi-30 MKI
    fighter jets in the North East
    at the Tezpur and the Chabua
    air bases are just some of the
    moves the government and
    defence forces have taken to counter the Chinese threat. India will have an assured
    second strike capability once
    Agni-V and INS Arihant
    become operational as the
    country has already a declared
    policy of no first use of nuclear weapons. INS Arihant
    will complete the crucial third
    leg of nuclear triad as a
    nuclear-powered submarine
    can stay underwater for a
    very long duration, remain undetected and file a
    submarine launched nuclear
    missile. The Indian Navy is gearing up
    to operate five nuclear
    submarines by the end of this
    decade, including two leased
    from Russia and three Arihant
    Class underwater warships built indigenously. With six Scorpene submarines
    being constructed at Mazagon
    Dockyards in Mumbai in
    collaboration with French
    DCNS and six more planned to
    be built under the Project-75 India, the Navy is also getting
    ready for the induction of the
    44,500-tonne INS
    Vikramaditya or the refitted
    Admiral Gorshkov from
    Russia in early-2013. INS Vikramaditya will have
    MiG-29Ks, the first-ever naval
    supersonic fighters, on board
    giving the carrier battle group
    a lethal edge. The Navy will
    operate 45 MiG-29K fighters out of which 16 will be based
    on INS Vikramaditya. India is also getting ready to
    induct the 40,000-tonne
    indigenous aircraft carrier
    (IAC), being constructed at
    Cochin Shipyard. The carrier is
    slated to be battle-ready by 2015 and will give a big boost
    to the Navy's plans of
    operating three carrier battle
    groups with one on in the
    Arabian Sea and the other in
    the Bay of Bengal and the third in reserve. Both the INS
    Vikramaditya and the IAC
    will also carry India's
    indigenously designed naval
    version of the Tejas Light
    Combat Aircraft. According to Navy Chief
    Admiral Nirmal Verma the
    second indigenous aircraft
    carrier called IAC-II will be a
    much bigger warship than the
    IAC, displacing 50,000 tons. If the Cochin Shipyard adheres
    to the schedule then the Navy
    will operate three operational
    carrier battle groups by 2020. The fifth-generation Sukhoi
    T-50/ PAK FA, which is being
    developed in collaboration
    with Russia, will also give
    India a potent fighter in the
    sky. The fighter jet is undergoing tests and is
    expected to enter into service
    with the IAF by 2017. The IAF
    is planning to induct 250
    Sukhoi T-50/ PAK FA. Even the Army, in the news
    for having an arsenal of
    obsolete weapons, is moving
    fast to match up to the
    Chinese threat on the Eastern
    front. China has been modernising and building the
    infrastructure and is now
    capable of outnumbering the
    Indian forces by almost 3:1 by
    moving almost 30 divisions
    with over 15,000 soldiers each to the disputed 4,057km long
    Line of Actual Control. The Army is already raising a
    new mountain strike corps
    comprising of almost 70,000
    soldiers along with two
    mountain infantry divisions
    with 1,260 officers and 35,011 soldiers to be based in the
    North East. Equipped with
    M-777 ultra-light howitzers,
    145 of which are being
    procured from the US, the
    mountain strike corps will give the Army the boots on
    the grounds. With the new regiment of
    BrahMos supersonic cruise
    missile (the Block-III version
    that can scale mountainous
    terrain and then dive steeply)
    already deployed in the North East, the Army has plugged a
    major hole in India's defence. Taken together these
    measures reveal that India is
    indeed taking the threat from
    both the Eastern and the
    Western fronts seriously and
    taking measures to counter it. All the three wings of the
    military " the Army, Navy
    and IAF " are not only adding
    the latest weapons platforms
    in their arsenal, but also
    upgrading their existing arsenal to thwart any
    misadventure by the nuclear
    armed adversaries.
     
  2. perplexed

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    CPC will be shitting in their pants now :lol: