This year promises to bring about some decisive and much-needed capability enhancement for the Indian military, with some top-of-the-line inductions scheduled over the next 12 months.
The nuclear capable inter-continental ballistic missile Agni-5, with a range of over 5,000 km, has completed all developmental trials and is scheduled to be inducted into the Strategic Forces Command this year.
A three-stage missile, the Agni-5 is 17 m in height, two metres wide and capable of carrying 1.5 tons of nuclear warheads. Unlike the other missiles of the series, Agni-5 is the most-advanced in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
For accuracy, the missile is guided by an on-board computer with the support of a Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System, the Micro Inertial Navigation System, fully-digital control system and advanced compact avionics.
Indi’s secretive missile tracking ship, being built for the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), is set to be inducted this year.
Given that the keel of the sophisticated ship was laid on 30 June 2014, experts say it remarkable that it is getting inducted in the quickest time possible.
The INS Arighat, the second of the Arihant-class nuclear attack submarines, is set to be part of India’s arsenal this year. The submarine will allow the Indian Navy to maintain high deterrence patrol in the waters surrounding the country as the INS Arihant alone could not do the job completely.
With the induction of INS Arihant, India had completed the nuclear triad.
INS Khanderi And INS Karanj
The second and third vessels of the Kalvari-class submarines will beef up India’s underwater capability. A total of six Kalvari-class submarines are to be built under Project P75.
In September 2019, the Indian Air Force will finally get its hands on its first Rafale fighter jet after a gruelling wait of nearly 19 years.
With the latest avionics and missile system, the Rafale jets, with the tail number initials of RB, named after Air Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria, and BS, named after Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, will be the most potent aircraft in the IAF inventory.
The Indian Rafale comes with 13 India-specific enhancements and includes Israeli helmet-mounted displays, ability to start at cold bases such as Leh, better radar, better detection and survival features among others.
Apache AH-64 E
The first Apache attack helicopter, India’s first pure attack helicopter, is set for delivery in March. Considered to be one of the most deadly attack helicopters in the world, Boeing has sold over 2,200 of these machines since 1984.
Source :- theprint
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