Defence is the most important part of strategy of every country in the world. To become a strong force at the global level, it is very important that a country has a good armoury of weapons, specially missiles.
In this post, we look at 10 deadliest missiles in the world and countries that own them.
10. PGM-17 Thor:
The PGM-17 Thor was the first ballistic missile that became operational in the late 1950’s. The U.S. Air Force used it as an intermediate range ballistic missile deployed in the United Kingdom with a height of 20 meters and a diameter of 2.4 meters.
It also helped in the development of the delta rockets that were used as space launch vehicles.
The V-2 rocket was the precursor to all of today’s missile and rocket technology. Developed in the Nazi regime during the end of World War II, it was the first man made object to enter outer space.
More than 3000 V-2s were launched to mainly bomb London and Antwerp and they ended up killing 9000 civilians and soldiers. Even while making these missiles, around 12000 forced laborers died in concentration camps.
Tomahawk is a medium to long range subsonic missile used by the U.S. Navy that can be launched from both ships and submarines. It was introduced in 1970’s and still continues to be in operation in many forms.
Powered by a jet engine, it has the capability to aim at a variety of surface targets.
7. Agni series:
The indigenous developed, nuclear capable ballistic missile is unlike other missiles in the Agni series. Agni-V is the most advanced system so far, which has various new technologies incorporated in it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
The three-stage missile is about 17 meters long, weighs some 50 tonnes and can be pushed upto 800 kilometers above the Earth. With CEP less than 10 meters, it is considered as world’s most accurate Nuclear weapon.
6. Jericho lll:
The Israeli weapon systems are highly secretive and all we can do is speculate about them through whatever little data is available to the public. Jericho is a code name given to its ballistic missile program out of which the Jericho lll is the latest of all.
Capable of carrying a payload of 1000 kg, its range has been speculated to be anywhere from 2000 km to 11,500 km.
5. UGM-133 Trident ll:
The Trident ll is a submarine-launched ballistic missile, built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems and is used by U.S. as well as Royal Navy of the U.K.
Carrying multiple nuclear warheads at a time, the missile can be launched by a submarine while still submerged under water. In fact, it is accurate enough to be a first strike strategic weapon.
Designed by EADS Astrium Space Transportation, the M51 is a French SLBM or submarine-launched ballistic missile used by the French Navy. Capable of carrying some 10 thermonuclear warheads, the missile can be launched by a fully submerged submarine.
With an unbeatable range, it can act as a first strike nuclear deterrent strategic weapon.
Like Israel, China too believes in keeping its defense systems under wraps. A bit that is known about the Dongfeng-41 or DF-41 is that it is probably the world’s longest ranged missile with range of up to 14,000 km.
This Intercontinental Ballistic Missile is capable to hit anywhere in the world and can carry multiple payloads with a top speed of Mach 25.
2. LGM-30 Minuteman:
The LGM-30 Minuteman is the only land based ICBM in the U.S. right now with a range of 13,000 km. Known for carrying up to 3 different nuclear warheads at a time, it can target separate locations with equal accuracy.
The LGM-30 is a guided missile and forms the part of the U.S. nuclear triad along with the Trident missile systems and the stealth bombers.
1. R-36 series:
The R-36 is a series of Russian ICBMs and space launch vehicles. It was designed during the Cold War and gave Russia the first strike advantage over the U.S.
Capable of carrying more than 10 different warheads and 40 penetration aids, the quality by which one single missile can target multiple locations, is enough to catapult it in the list of deadliest missiles around.