News: North Korea’s New ICBM Raises Ability to Strike US With Nukes


What's in the news?

       North Korea’s newest long-range missile increases the chances it could deliver a strike to the US mainland, giving Kim Jong Un more leverage in his dealings with the Biden administration.


Key takeaways:

       The Hwasong-18 solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea launched this week flew longer than any of its other ICBMS and appeared designed to carry a multiple nuclear weapons payload, which increases the chances at least one bomb could slip past interceptors and make its way to a target.


India and ICBM:


·         An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is a missile with a minimum range of 5,500 km primarily designed for nuclear weapons delivery.

·         Conventional, chemical and biological weapons can also be delivered with varying effectiveness, but have never been deployed on ICBMs.

·         According to the Federation of American Scientists, ICBMs have a minimum range of 5,500 kilometres (3,400 miles), with maximum ranges varying from 7,000 to 16,000 kilometres.

·         ICBMs are much faster and have a greater range than other types of ballistic missiles.

·         Agni-V is an Indian ICBM with a range of over 5,000 km.



     Agni-V is the most advanced surface-to-surface indigenously built ballistic missile.

     It is a three-stage, solid fuel 17-metre tall, and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of about 1.5 tonnes.

     Agni-V is a fire and forget missile, which once fired cannot be stopped, except by an interceptor missile.

     It has been developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).