New Delhi, Apr 18: After the successful launch of India's Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Agni-V, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief VK Saraswat, on Thursday, Apr 19, said that Agni V production would begin in a year.
Saraswat has been quoted as saying, "This launch has given a message to the entire world that India has the capability to design, develop, build and manufacture missiles of this class, and we are today a missile power."
It was a major milestone in the history of India as the country faced several hurdles on its way but finally launched its first ICBM, he said.
"We are going to conduct two more tests and that will be validation tests..., and then the production of this system will start. It is going to take an year maximum," Saraswat said, "We go from here to many other missiles which will have capability for MIRV (Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle), for anti-satellite system, which will also be built using this technology for launching micro, mini and nano satellite to meet the requirement of the armed forces on very, very short notice."
"More than 80 per cent of the missile is indigenous, except for the electronic components which we import... Everything has been designed, developed and produced in our industry and our laboratory.
We have a very tight time schedule on that. I expect that after the completion of its mandatory trials, it would be inducted in the services in the next two years to come. We have a very clear roadmap for development of missile system," he added.