India successfully test-fires new gen Agni Prime ballistic missile


According to various Indian media, India successfully tested the new generation nuclear-capable Agni Prime ballistic missile from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, according to an official statement issued on December 18 by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The surface ballistic missile, having a range of 1,000 to 2,000 km, was tested in Balasore.
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The Agni Prime is a two-stage canisterized solid-propellant ballistic missile with a dual redundant navigation and guidance system with a range capability between 1,000 to 2,000 kilometres (621 - 1,242 miles). (Picture source: ANI)


The Agni Prime is a two-stage canisterized solid-propellant ballistic missile with a dual redundant navigation and guidance system with a range capability between 1,000 to 2,000 kilometres (621 - 1,242 miles). It is the smallest and lightest among the entire Agni series of ballistic missiles. It weighs 50% less than the Agni 3, the statement added. Agni is a sleek missile, with advanced features. According to government officials, the new variant has a lot of new features.

The new Prime variant of the nuclear-capable strategic missile was added with various features during this test. The missile test met all its mission objectives with a high level of accuracy, it said. Various telemetry, radar, electro-optical stations and downrange ships positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the Agni P missile’s trajectory and parameters, said DRDO, adding that the missile followed textbook trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with a high level of accuracy. The missile, which has been designed and developed completely by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, was accurate and effective to the point. The successful test becomes yet another leap towards the government's 'Make in India' initiative.

The second test flight has proven the reliable performance of all the advanced technologies integrated into the system. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO for the successful test flight and expressed happiness for the excellent performance of the system.


 

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