India Successfully Test Fires Agni-IV Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

An Agni IV missile capable of carrying nuclear warhead and a range of 2,500-3,500 kilometers is displayed during the main Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

India successfully test-fired an unarmed Agni-IV intermediate range ballistic missile on Monday


NEW DELHI  India successfully test-fired an unarmed Agni-IV intermediate range ballistic missile on Monday, local media reported.

The missile was launched at 9.45 a.m. local time (04:15 GMT) from the Wheeler Island and landed in the Bay of Bengal.

“Flight was successful and it met all the mission parameters,” a Defense Research and Development Organization official told The Hindu newspaper.

Agni-IV is a two-stage nuclear-warhead-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile equipped with advanced avionics. The missile has a maximum range of 2,500 miles and is capable of carrying a payload of approximately 2,200 pounds.

Russian arms exporter ready to sell Iskander ballistic missile systems abroad


The designing bureau was preparing a contract to sell Iskander to a foreign buyer earlier but the agreement was not signed for political reasons

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RIO DE JANEIRO, April 14. /TASS/. Russia’s main arms exporter Rosoboronexport is ready to sell Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems abroad once the necessary amount of production has been reached under the state defense order, a specialist from the company designing the Iskander-E export modification told TASS at LAAD 2015 Defense and Security International Exhibition.

“Successful implementation of the state defense order has created conditions for advancing them to the global market,” said a representative from Vysokotochnye Kompleksy Holding, which incorporates the Kolomenskoye Mechanical Engineering Design Bureau (KBM) designing the export modification.

He said some countries were eyeing the purchase of the state-of-the-art missile system, and Rosoboronexport currently worked on a commercial proposal from one of them. If the proposal suited the potential buyer, Rosoboronexport would sign a contract, the specialist said.

The managing director and general designer of KBM, Valery Kashin, said that previously when the defense order was quite small, the bureau was making active marketing effort, even preparing a contract through Rosoboronexport to sell Iskander to a foreign buyer. However, the agreement was not signed for political reasons.

Kashin said the company dropped efforts to advance the missile systems to the global market after receiving a long-term contract for the Russian army from the Defense Ministry, for which production had to be increased four-or fivefold.

Potential foreign clients were asked to apply for Iskander deliveries no earlier than 2015, he said.

“Now, as we have reached the necessary level of production, we have renewed efforts together with Rosoboronexport to advance the missile system for exports,” he said, adding that they already had proposals.

India to Test Nuclear-Capable Agni-5 Missile on January 31

India's Agni II missile is seen in a rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, India

The India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, the country’s premier defense research institution, will test-fire the missile on the same day that Avinash Chander will step down as its chief.


NEW DELHI, January 29 (Sputnik) – India will conduct the third test of the Agni-5, a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, on January 31, a source at the institution responsible for the launch told Sputnik Thursday.The India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the country’s premier defense research institution, will test-fire the missile on the same day that Avinash Chander will step down as its chief, the source added.

The Indian government terminated Chander’s contract on January 13 citing his age.

The Agni-5 is a three-stage ballistic missile designed to carry a 1.5-ton warhead with a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles). It has been dubbed the “China-killer” by media, as it is capable of hitting major Chinese cities such as Beijing.

Russian military completes rapid-deployment drills in Kaliningrad

FILE PHOTO: A state-of-the-art Iskander-M short-range tactical missile system (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)

FILE PHOTO: A state-of-the-art Iskander-M short-range tactical missile system (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)


The Russian military has concluded a massive surprise drill in the Kaliningrad region to test the combat readiness of some 9,000 troops and 642 vehicles, including tactical Iskander-M ballistic missile systems rapidly deployed from the mainland.


The drills took place December 5-10, the head of the main Operation Directorate of General Staff, Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov announced on Tuesday. Military units and formations deployed in the Western Military District were brought to their highest level of combat readiness at 7 p.m. Moscow time on December 5.


The exercises involved missile and artillery units, mechanized infantry, airborne troops and marines, division reconnaissance, communications, logistics, as well as the crews of combat and military transport aircraft and helicopters, and vessels of the Baltic Fleet.

Tactical Iskander-M ballistic missile systems of the Western Military District’s missile brigade were rapidly transferred from Russia’s mainland to conduct off-the-march combat training tasks. Within two days, two brigades were deployed in Kaliningrad by the military transport aircraft and vessels of the Baltic Fleet.

Meanwhile, the Air Defense forces repelled a simulated attack of the maneuver enemy on strategic government and military installations. The tactical border protection exercises also included sea and underwater drills.

A fully operational and self-sufficient interspecific group of troops was created within a “very short period of time,” Kartapolov said, adding that currently all the units taking part in tactical exercises have returned to the places of their permanent deployment.

In 2014, the Russian military held numerous maneuvers in several districts of Russia, including two major exercise events – Vostok-2014 and Russia-China Naval Interaction-2014. Vostok 2014 was the most prominent military drill, held in 11 areas in the Far Eastern part of Russia with about 150,000 people participating.

China Confirms Development of Next-Generation Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

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MOSCOW, August 1 (RIA Novosti) -China acknowledged its development of a next-generation ballistic missile, the Dongfeng-41 (DF-41), Xinhua reported Friday.

According to Xinhua, a government environment monitoring station in Shaanxi Province published a document, saying that one of the province’s facilities is developing a ballistic rocket with a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV).

Xinhua quoted a Chinese military analyst as saying in an interview with local media that, “as the US continues to strengthen its missile defense system, developing third generation nuclear weapons capable of carrying multiple warheads is the trend.”

Apart from that some military observers believe that the development of a new missile is directly linked with the United States’ THAAD missile defense system and their anti-aircraft missile complex Patriot.

The information that China is developing a new ballistic missile first appeared last month, when the United States published its annual report on military and security developments involving the People’s Republic of China. The report states, that China is pursuing “a long-term comprehensive military modernization program.”

The international ballistic missile Dongfeng-41 has a range of 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) and is capable of delivering up to 10 nuclear warheads.

Russia Test Fires New Yars Ballistic Missile

Russia Test Fires New Yars Ballistic Missile

MOSCOW, December 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russia carried out a successful test-firing of an RS-24 Yars ballistic missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia on Tuesday, a military representative said.

“Today, December 24 at 11:00 a.m. Moscow time a detachment of the Strategic Missile Forces conducted a test launch of a Yars silo-based solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test warhead,” Colonel Igor Yegorov said.

The fifth-generation RS-24 (NATO reporting name SS-29) is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile and can carry multiple independently-targetable nuclear warheads designed to evade missile defense systems. The first RS-24 launch took place at Plesetsk in 2007.

In October the Russian newspaper Vedemosti reported that another new ballistic missile, codenamed RS-26 Rubezh, would have its first test launch by the end of the year.

India Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

India Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

NEW DELHI, December 23 (RIA Novosti) – India on Monday carried out a test of a domestically developed ballistic missile with a range of more than 3,000 kilometers (1,800 miles), local media reported.

The Agni-III missile was launched from a rail-based mobile launcher deployed on Wheeler Island, in the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Odisha.

The test was the second in a series of user trials by the Indian army and sixth overall, according to newspaper The Hindu.

“The missile reached an altitude of 380 kilometers and withstood searing temperatures as it re-entered the atmosphere and impacted the target point after flying for about 800 seconds,” the newspaper said.

Agni-III is a two-stage solid-fuel ballistic missile developed by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization.

According to the Indian military, the Agni-III is equipped with an advanced navigation system to ensure a high degree of accuracy, and it has already been commissioned by the army.

The Agni-III is part of India’s indigenous family of medium-range and intercontinental ballistic missiles. As of 2008, the Agni missile family comprises three operational variants; two more, the Agni-IV and Agni-V, are still in testing phase.

The DRDO is reportedly working on the development of the sixth missile in the Agni family, the Agni-VI, with an estimated range of up to 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles).