We are living in 21st century, in the era of nuclear bombs and missiles. Countries like Russia, China and USA have some of the world’s most powerful missiles. But still there are huge numbers of missiles in the world. Have a look at Top 10 most powerful missiles in the world:
10. PGM-17 Thor:
The PGM-17 Thor was the first ballistic missile. It became operational in the late 1950’s. It was used by the U.S. Air Force as an intermediate range ballistic missile deployed in the United Kingdom. With a diameter of 2.4 meters and height of 20 meters, it was an impressive missile. This missile helped in the development of the delta rockets that were used as space launch vehicles.
9. V-2 Rocket:
The V-2 rocket gave birth to all of today’s missile and rocket technology. V-2 Rocket was the first man made object to enter outer space, which was developed during the end of World War II in the Nazi regime and was used mainly to bomb London and Antwerp. 12000 forced laborers died in concentration camps while making these missiles and more than 3000 V-2s were launched which killed about 9000 civilians and soldiers.
Tomahawk was used by the US Navy as a medium to long range missile used by the US. Tomahawk is a subsonic missile that could be launched from both ships and submarines. It was introduced in 1970’s and it is still in operation in many forms. Tomahawk is powered by a jet engine and has the capability to target a variety of surface targets.
7. Agni Series:
The indigenous developed, intercontinental, surface to surface, nuclear capable ballistic missile is unlike other missiles in the Agni series. Agni-V is the most advanced system so far. In the terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine, Agni-V has various new technologies incorporated in it.
This 3-stage missile weighs about 50 tonnes and is about 17 meters long Agni-V has very high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and the most modern and accurate Micro Navigation System (MINS), which ensures that the missile reaches the target point within few meters of accuracy designated. The second stage of this missile pushes it to about 150 kilometers. The third stage takes Agni-V to about 300 kilometers above the Earth. And the missile finally reaches a height of about 800 kilometers. This missile is considered as world’s most accurate Nuclear missile with CEP less than 10 meter’s.
6. Jericho lll:
Although,the weapon systems of Israel are highly secretive and whatever is known about them is through speculation and through all the little data is available to the public. Jericho is a code name given to its ballistic missile program and Jericho lll is the latest of its long range missile and is an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.The range of Jericho III is speculated to be around from 2000 km to 11,500 km. This missile can carry a payload of about 1000 kg and can carry conventional nuclear or unconventional payloads.
5. UGM-133 Trident ll:
The Trident ll missile was built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems and is used by the US and Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. TridentII is a submarine-launched ballistic missile. This missile can carry multiple nuclear warheads and can be launched by a submarine while still submerged under water. This missile is accurate enough to be a first strike strategic weapon.
M51 is a French Submarine launched ballistic missile or SLBM. This missile is used by the French Navy and is designed by EADS Astrium Space Transportation. M51 can be launched by a fully submerged submarine and has a capacity to carry 8 to 10 warheads.It not only has a good range but also can act as a first strike nuclear deterrent strategic weapon
China’s defense sustems are also secretive just like Israel but there’s bit of information available about the Dongfeng-41 or DF-41. IDF-41 is nuclear solid fueled road mobile Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Or ICBM. It is probably the world’s longest ranged missile. It has a range of up to 14,000 km and has the capability to hit anywhere in the world. It can carry multiple payloads.
The LGM-30 Minuteman is an American ICBM or Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. It has a range of 13,000 km. LGM-30 is a guided missile and forms the part of the US nuclear triad along with the Trident Missile systems and the stealth bombers. It can carry up to 3 different nuclear warheads that can target separate locations. It is the only land based intercontinental ballistic missile in the U.S. right now.
1. R-36 series:
The R-36 is a series of Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles or ICBMs and space launch vehicles. It was designed during the Cold War and gave Russia the first strike advantage over the U.S.
The R-36 can carry more than 10 warheads and 40 penetration aids. It can actually carry a lot of weight. The quality by which one single missile can target multiple locations, is enough to catapult it in the list of deadliest missiles around.