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On backdrop of N Korea's launch here's all about ICBMs, and Yes, India has one too

Encyclopedia Britannica defines ICBM as "full intercontinental ballistic missile, land-based, nuclear-armed ballistic missile with a range of more than 3,500 miles (5,600 km)".

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the first ICBMs were deployed by the Soviet Union in 1958; the United States followed the next year and China some 20 years later.

While the designs of World's first ICBMs date back to World War II era, the modern ICBMs are high precision missile systems designed to carry nuclear warheads across continents.

Most modern ICBMs are MIRV, meaning Multiple Independently Targettable Reentry Vehicles, allowing a single missile to carry multiple warheads, each of which has separate tracking and target acquisition systems and can strike different targets.

ICBMs can be launched from missile silos, trucks and even submarines. When launched from onboard a submarine, they are called Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs)- These are more stealthy as they are difficult to be detected by radars.
So far, US, Russia, China and India and North Korea have ICBMs.

India's Agni-V with a range of 5000 km is one of the latest entries to the ICBM database.

North Korea's Hwasong-14/15, KN-08 claim to have a striking range of about 10000-15000 km.

Countering ICBM: In light of increasing threat from N Korea, US, in May "successfully intercepted" an Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) system during the first test of its ground-based intercept system- ABC news reported


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