The entire A-IV team pic in THE WEEK. The print edition has the A-IV also shown in the background pretty close up:Reign of fire
There are really some important messages out there in this article.
“With Agni 4, we have embarked on a new quantum of technology
. And with Agni 5, we will perfect the sleeker systems
,” says Chander. [So Perfected systems for Agni 5!]
Diplomats at the external affairs ministry
, too, say the optical gyroscope of Agni 4 has become a “gamechanger” in the global strategic environment.[So can it be taken that Agni 4 is influencing foreign as well as deterrence policy? ]
Apart from RLG, what sets apart Agni 4 and Agni 5 are their higher avionics and their ability to do real-time estimation (on-board improvisation of performance of the missile).
Over the years, Agni missiles have become ‘fat-less'
. “Past Agni missiles needed a large number of auxiliaries,” says Tessy. “Our challenge at hand was to reduce the operational manpower to just one or two officers
, whose sole duty will be to launch the missile from a well-placed location once the coded orders were given. We reduced the number of auxiliaries
, and as a result, the auxiliaries have become programmes on board the ICBM.” [Very important progress as to that of western standards]
Scientists at DRDO are glad that the news of the coming launch of Agni 5 has added to the morale of Indian soldiers. “Our weapons provide cutting edge to the Indian soldier. If soldiers feel confident about our product then that is the biggest reward for us,” says a scientist. [So much message that Agni 4 is user friendly]
According to DRDO sources
, the sleek, powerful Agni missiles, combined with the strength of the armed forces, will translate to a ‘do-not-mess-with-India'
V.K. Saraswat, scientific adviser to the defence minister, says the new age missiles will help India put its rivals on notice so that its vital assets are not targeted in the future.
“Older, big powers of the world were dependent upon energy and military might. India's powerful status comes from its economic might because of its strengths in IT and manufacturing. Future warfare might target IT and other relevant sectors of Indian economy,” says Saraswat. “In the coming days, DRDO will turn the national cyber security infrastructure and encryption process totally impregnable,” he said. [Cyber Security is coming up in a big way]