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Rear Admiral Sanjay Misra, Director General of Naval Armament Inspection (DGNAI), was recently honored for his outstanding contribution to missile development. He received a special memento from the Secretary of DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) and the Missile Cluster in recognition of his remarkable work.

The memento presented to Rear Admiral Misra showcased the entire Agni missile family, including a mysterious addition – the Agni-5 MkII. This undisclosed missile has piqued the curiosity of defense enthusiasts and experts.

The Agni-5 MkII is an improved variant of the Agni-5 missile, and it represents a significant advancement in India’s missile technology. Its development is particularly noteworthy because it allows India to expand its strategic capabilities without drawing excessive attention from the international community.

Recent reports in the media have revealed that the Agni-5 MkII boasts several enhancements, including a 20% reduction in weight due to composite usage. This reduction has resulted in a launch mass of 40,000 kg and a payload capacity of 1,100 kg for nuclear warheads. With these specifications, the Agni-5 MkII can deliver a warhead to targets up to 7,000 km away.

The significance of this development lies in its strategic implications. The Agni-5 MkII’s extended range enables it to reach targets as far as 8,000-9,000 km with a lighter payload. This effectively negates the need for the previously planned Agni-VI, which had a range of 6,000 km with a similar payload.

The Agni-5 MkII’s capabilities offer New Delhi a more versatile and effective option for nuclear deterrence and strategic defense. By enhancing the Agni missile family with the MkII variant, India can bolster its security and defense posture in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, without provoking undue international scrutiny.

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