Sayak wrote:Thanks Rahul. MIRV is reportedly started with AGNI 3, the ultimate goal will be to have AGNI SLBM MIRV
MIRV did not start with Agni3.. MIRV will start with A5. Agni3 will prove all the other subsystems such as the 2m dia solid booster, flex nozzle, advanced inertial nav system based on indigenous RLG's etc.. but it is likely to remain a single warhead missile.. the MIRV will start from A5
1. Based on the fact that A-5 will be the first true Indian ICBM that will be canisterised -- it is likely that it will be the first SLBM with ICBM range...We dont know how close/different A5 will be to A3 - whether it will be plainly adding a 3rd stage to A3 (most likely) or significantly different from A3 suit requirements of canisterisation..
So..I guess, the first line of Arihant with 12tubes will use an interim-SLBM capability with Shaurya/Sagarika missiles with 700+km range.. and the ulitmate evolution of Arihant will use the canisterised A5 as the SLBM..
This was a post I made yesterday.. after that when I was looking into some notes on my HDD, i found a notepad file where I had stored a summary of K_Mehta's post from Saraswat's talk in IISc.. I think some notes/revisions are required to the above speculation..
Posting it below :--Strategic missiles:
Agni-3+: Range >5000 Km, Reaction time < 30secs, Cannisterized, Road mobile. To be test-launched next year.
Agni-5: Range 5000 Km (with MIRVs)Under water missiles:
B-05: 700 Km
K-04: 3500 Km.
Future SLBM: 6000+Km with telescopic aerospike. Can be launched from ship/sub.Things to note
1. It will be Agni5 that will be MIRV. From AShukla's report - Agni5 will also be canisterised.
2. He mentions that Agni3 will eventually evolve into a 5000+ range missile - probably by making all stages composite casings & tailoring the payload weight (to less than 1500kgs as stated during the 3500km range test)
The "key feature" to note is that Saraswat mentions it will be Canisterized.. The Agni3 that was tested was road mobile, but not canisterized.. Unless K_Mehta did not mix-up the features (at that time he mentioned that he had taken notes in a lot of hurry) - this is new information regarding Agni3
3. For SLBM's the B-05 obvioulsy refers to Shaurya that has already been tested.
4. K-04 of 3500km range SLBM can either be a Shaurya derivative or Agni3 derivative... Since it has to be canisterized for Submarine launch & probably it will not have a vented interstage, but have a pyro-separated integral interstage - it is likely to be a hybrid of Shaurya technologies & Agni3 technologies.. which puts it atleast 5-7years away..
and more likely to be a single warhead SLBM solution; and from that angle I think it will not be a Agni5 derivative..
5. The 6000Km SLBM with aerospike will likley be Agni5 derivative, and will be the first SLBM to feature MIRV.. but that may be much farther into the future than K-04 -- atleast 7-8years away..