New Delhi: Buoyed by the success of its long-range Agni-V ballistic missile test, India on Friday said it will not "cap" its three-decade-old programme and continue to develop more missiles in the series with modern, latest technologies.
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Director General Dr VK Saraswat told a press conference in New Delhi a day after the successful testing of the 5,000-km-range missile that can hit targets deep inside China, including Beijing, that the nuclear-capable weapon was "a game changer" for the country.
"There is no question of capping the Agni programme," Saraswat said here, when asked if it was time to say the programme is over now that the DRDO has achieved a long-range deterrence capability to meet its threats from the immediate neighbourhood.
"Our missile development programme is based on today's, current and evolving threats. Evolving threats will continue to drive our future needs for platforms and weapons," he said, refusing to predict what could be the range of the futuristic Agni series and whether it will go beyond 10,000-km range....more
08:58 PM, Apr 20, 2012