The MIRV leap that fires up India’s nuclear deterrence

Syllabus: GS-III, Subject: Science and technology, Topic: Defense, Issue: Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs).

Context: India successfully tested Agni-5 missile with MIRV technology under Mission Divyastra.


  • Enable simultaneous strikes on multiple targets.
  • Places India among a select group of nations (USA, Russia, China, France and UK).
  • Restores balance in the Sino-Indian nuclear deterrent
  • Demonstrates India’s ability to meet complex technical requirements of MIRV.

Conclusion: India’s upcoming test of a long-range Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) will further strengthen India’s nuclear arsenal.

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