Mumbai: No one seems to be threatened by the The “Friendly” Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, the Agni-V. US says that India has a good non proliferation record and it cannot reach US. NATO says that the missile is no threat. Japan says that it needs time to study and deflected the question. Pakistan knows that it is not that far from India. Other countries have no comments. Chinese have officially maintained that India and China have cordial relations. India could have anyway launched a missile covering most important parts of the Chinese territories with Agni 4. Agni 5 brings everything into the radii. Some mischievous dwarf Chinese are amused at the dwarf Agni-V missile.
However, Agni-V launch is raising considerable debate among the experts due to its range and its purely academic. One cold war old coot was debating if it was a Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM), since an ICBM tag needs excess of 8000 kms. Chinese ‘experts’ say that the range is upto 8000 km and can cover entire Europe. But, it looks like that the English challenged nation has not read what the DRDO chief has to say about it. He definitely agrees that the range is much more than 5000 kms and he has refused to state the actual distance.
While it is logic that, if less payload is added, the missile can be expected to travel farther. That’s where the problem begins. There is something called confidence range. The missile has been tested for a range of 5000 kms and it has impacted the target within few meters. Now, if the missile is loaded with less payload and is expected to travel further with less accuracy on impact, the entire exercise is futile. The longer version will require heavier payload to compensate for the Circular Error Probability (CEP).
Till the missile is tested for longer range and confidence levels are established, the range can be safely considered as 5000 kms.