February 8, 2023

The Recent Agni-5 Missile Test Shows Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV) Characteristics

The pictures came from the recent Agni 5 missile test doesn’t seem to be a standard ballistic missile test.

The low velocity of the missile indicates its quasi-ballistic role which is usually depicted by a Hypersonic Glide Vehicle rather standard ballistic missile launch.

The low velocity of the missile indicates its quasi-ballistic role which is usually depicted by a Hypersonic Glide Vehicle rather standard ballistic missile launch.

For reference, images of the Chinese DF-ZF Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV) launched in 2018, are attached with the post.

The Agni 5 missile which was tested today was showing the same launch characteristics as seen in the DF-ZF HGV launch in 2018.

The missile was traveling at such a low level that it was spotted across the North Eastern states and also from Myanmar and Bangladesh which add relevance to this fact.

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  • Shantanu K. Bansal

    Founder of IADN. He has more than 10 years of experience in research and analysis. An award winning researcher, he writes for the leading defence and security journals, think-tanks and in-service publications. He is a senior consultant at the Indian Army Training Command (ARTRAC), Shimla. Contact him at: Shantanukbansal2@gmail.com

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