Agni-6 Development : India tested the Agni-5 missile in January 2018, extending its official range past an intercontinental ballistic missile to 5000 kilometres (ICBM). Analysts reported that the Agni-5 missile’s unofficial range was beyond 5000 km, meaning it could reach China, India’s primary geopolitical competitor, and strike its most important cities.
India now has four different Agni series missile types in its arsenal and two more are being tested. Agni-1, with a range of 700 kilometres, Agni-2, with a range of 2000 kilometres, Agni-3, and Agni-4, with ranges ranging from 2.5 thousand to 3.5 thousand kilometres respectively are the deployed variants. A new generation of missile called Agni Prime (Agni-P) is undergoing testing. Although there is no confirmation, it is anticipated that Agni-P, Agni-5 will be deployed following the test.
The head of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) at the time, VK Saraswat, declared shortly after the Agni-5 test that India wasn’t prepared to end the Agni programme.
Saraswat stated that the hardware for the Agni-4 was being prepared in 2013. He claimed that extending the range was the easiest assignment. There was no official range specified, but it was assumed to be between 8000 and 10,000 miles. Despite no official recognition of the name, the missile programme was known as the Surya Missile programme.
In the next three years, India may test or at least prepare the Agni-6 missile as a technology demonstration, therefore validating the computer models. Agni-6 should be tested in order to reach China’s most remote areas from a location within Indian territory that is both safe and survivable.
The Agni-6 missile has a maximum range of up to 10,000 kilometres, according to the most recent estimates. Additionally, research is being done into the idea of launching from a submarine. The present missiles have a restricted range, whereas the Indian SSBNs might reach their targets farther.
The Agni-6 project is proceeding as planned and India has already created many essential technologies needed for this missile and has partially tested them.
The MIRV (multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles) capability of the Agni-6 missile, which has a range of more than 10,000 km, can be utilised to hit a single or a number of targets. The missile would be ready sooner to threaten India’s enemies.