It was an incredible year for India’s missile scientists. The year 2012 was in a way a record of sorts, with the Defence scientists successfully demonstrating a wide range of missiles from the new, tactical missile, Shourya to the long range (above 5000 km) Agni-V. It virtually rained missiles, going by nearly two dozen launches that the developer- Defence Research and Development Organisation, the user – armed forces and component provider – Indian industry, jointly test fired to showcase the strides achieved in securing India’s Defence preparedness. The high point was the country breaking into the elite group of nations with long-range capability, with the launch of the Agni-V in April. The US, Russia, China, France, the UK and Israel have the knowhow to launch inter-continental ballistic missiles.
Source: Hindu Business Line