The new generation ballistic missile Agni Prime was successfully flight-tested by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha.
About Agni Prime ballistic missile
- This was the first pre-induction night launch conducted by the users after three successful developmental trials of the missile, validating the accuracy and reliability of the system.
- Range Instrumentation like Radar, Telemetry and Electro Optical Tracking Systems were deployed at different locations, including two down-range ships, at the terminal point to capture flight data covering the entire trajectory of the vehicle.
- Agni-P is a two-stage canisterised solid propellant ballistic missile with dual redundant navigation and guidance system, according to the DRDO.
- It has a range between 1000 to 2000 km and was tested for the first time in June 2021.
- It is lighter than all the earlier Agni series of missiles.
- Agni series of missiles constitute the backbone of India’s nuclear weapons delivery which also includes the Prithvi short range ballistic missiles and fighter aircraft.
- India has also completed its nuclear triad and operationalised its second strike capability, with nuclear ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant undertaking deterrence patrols.
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