With the help of Russia, India will soon join the group of countries possessing ICBMs.

With the help of Russia, India will soon join the group of countries possessing ICBMs.According to the Indian newspaper The Pioneer, 8 of October, Russia will assist India in creating a guidance system for the developed Agni-V ICBM, capable of hitting targets at a distance of 10000 km.

Russia is ready to provide advanced guidance system technology for this ICBM, the test launch of which is scheduled for later in the year. The development of this rocket was suspended due to the fact that no country with such technologies was ready to provide them. India independently develops MRBG Agni-I, Agni-II and Agni-III, including guidance systems for them. But for an ICBM with a range of 10000 km and capable of carrying a nuclear charge, we need a very accurate guidance system that the Indian defense research organization DRDO cannot develop, and its import was impossible.

A breakthrough in this area was achieved during the last visit to Russia of the Minister of Defense of India AK. Anthony (AK Antony), which was preceded by negotiations of the delegations of the two countries for a long time. During the visit, the heads of the Indian Defense Ministry reviewed various projects within the framework of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation. The defense ministers of both countries meet regularly once a year in Moscow or New Delhi.

Currently, ICBMs are owned by such countries as Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, France and China. India is successfully developing MRBMs with a range of up to 4000 km. Two years ago, the Agni-III MRBR was successfully tested, thus India demonstrated the ability to create an ICBM. However, progress in the development of an intercontinental rocket stalled for two years, since the creation of Agni-V was faced with the inability to create a guidance system of the required accuracy. "The discriminatory policies of some countries, including the United States, which for two decades hampered the development of rocket technologies in India, have been successfully overcome, as Russia agreed to provide assistance," said Indian officials. They reported that Russia is ready to share its know-how in this area with India.

Another important breakthrough was Russia's readiness to provide India with the services of its satellite GLONASS positioning system for military purposes. The United States does not want to provide the services of its GPS system, despite Washington’s repeated assurances that it is ready to cooperate with New Delhi in the field of high technologies. Nevertheless, other countries, in particular Israel, willingly cooperate with India in the field of missiles, equipment and radars in the framework of the Agni-III MRBM test.

Source www.dailypioneer.com

Regarding this topic, one of the unnamed Chinese military experts in an interview with the Global Times said that India exaggerates Russia's role in the transfer of ICBM guidance technology. He said that India had successfully created medium-range ballistic missiles, thus, this country is able to independently develop a guidance system for ICBMs, possibly with only slightly worse accuracy. Problems in this regard should not have arisen. But if Russia is really ready to transfer “key technologies” of India, then it “should think hard”, the expert threatened.

Source mil.news.sina.com.cn
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