Does Mysterious SURYA ICBM Program Alive?
- Recently A Twitter user (sarab@sarabpal_singh) has posted an image of a scale model displayed by the DRDO at a local exhibition which could be the first instance of proof of the existence of the 90’s Mysterious Surya Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) .
- According to a 1995 report published in The Nonproliferation Review, Surya (meaning the Sun in Sanskrit and many Indian languages) is the codename for one of the Intercontinental ballistic missiles that India is reported to be developing.
- The DRDO is believed to have begun the project in 1994. This report has not been confirmed by any other sources until 2010. Officials of the Indian government have not confirmed the existence of the project
- The Surya is speculated to have a range between 12,000 to 16,000 kilometers
- According to a 2013 report by The New Indian Express, Surya missile is being developed confidentiality under the code-name of Agni-VI.
- Well DRDO or Indian Government never confirmed or denied the existence of such ICBM but the Surya ICBM due to media coverage attended mythical status even though over the years Agni missile family created long-range missile which was capable of hitting both target deep in Pakistan and China.
- In our opinion scale model as seen in the picture, looks like a three-stage rocket and it looks like the scaled model of Surya was that of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) but without any exact specifications it is too much speculation.
- opr ,may be DRDO working on Agni 6 ICBM under the name of SURYA. but it just a scale model and at last it still just a speculation and no one can say confirmly until DRDO officials reveal anything about it.