The Indian scientific elite have been projecting Agni-V as a great success, but the Chinese response is very calculated and unruffled. Many security observers are not even ready to accept Agni-V as an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile. It is because, the accepted classification of ballistic missiles, an ICBM must have a minimum range of at least 5500 km (even though the Chinese metric puts the figure at 8000 km.
The following table highlights the vulnerabilities of many cities located in different parts of the world.
Central India (Bhopal Corp)
Agni- II China (Lop Nur, Tibet etc), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Iran – Pakistan Border area, Thailand, Northern Afghanistan.
Agni-III/IV Beijing, Singapore, Mongolia, Southern Russia, Kazakhstan, Southern Parts of Georgia, Armenia, Border area of Iran-Turkey, Baghdad, Riyadh, South Yemen, Malaysia.
Agni- V Northern Korea, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Moscow, Kiev, Ankara, Cyprus, Cairo, Addis Abba
d. South India (Madurai or Trivandrum)*
Agni-II Dhaka, Katmandu, Karachi, Medan, Bangkok, Rangoon.
Agni-III/IV South West China, South Kazakhstan, Tehran, Kuwait, Southern-Eastern part parts of Saudi Arabia, South Yemen, Mogadishu, Jakarta, Borneo (Pontianak), Southern China Sea.
Agni-IV Indonesia, Manila, Quezon City, Shanghai, Beijing, Southern Russia, Russian Central Asian Border areas, some parts of Turkey, Damascus, Jordan, South Egypt (on the Red Sea), Southern Sudan, Kenya, Western Australia, Flores Sea, Taipei, Ningbo, Palau, Ujung, Pandog, Zhangiang.
e. Indian Far Eastern Command
AgniII Chengdu (China), South China Sea, Patembang.
Agni-III/IV Quetta, Kabul, Dushanbe, Beijing, Shanghai, Ulan Bator (Mongolia), Davo, Flores Sea.
Agni-V Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Tehran, Krasnovodsk, Guryev (Kazakhstan), Southern parts of Russia, Sea of Japan, Japan (Kanazawa), Oska, Nagoya, Western Australian parts.
Indian Far Eastern Command (Nicobar Islands) Agni-II Malaysia, Bandung.
Agni-III/ IV Karachi, Central Pakistan, Islamabad, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Indiamen
Doha (Qatar), Abu Dhabi, Salalah, UAE, Southern Iran, Ashkabad, Russian Border areas with Central Asia, Western Australia, Mongolia, China, Harbin, North Korea, Seoul, Kobe, Japan.
India has taken a lead in developing, testing, producing and deploying ballistic missiles in South Asia. The developed world assisted India instead of discouraging it. India’s Agni-V test, certainly, compels many nations to revisit their military doctrines and advance their military postures.