Indian DRDO successfully test-fires Agni Prime ballistic missile
According to AKN Press, India successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable Agni Prime ballistic missile – a more advanced version of the Agni class of missiles – on June 28, NDTV reported.
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The Agni Prime missile is a next-generation, nuclear-capable weapon made fully of a composite material. (Picture source: DRDO)
A statement by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), said the successful test was a "textbook launch". "Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile. It followed textbook trajectory... meeting all mission objectives with a high level of accuracy," the DRDO statement said.
The Agni Prime missile is a next-generation, nuclear-capable weapon made fully of a composite material. It is a canisterised missile with a range of 1,000-2,000 kilometres. The Agni ("Fire") missile is a family of medium to intercontinental-range ballistic missiles developed by India, named after one of the five elements of nature. Agni missiles are long-range, nuclear weapons capable surface to surface ballistic missiles. The first missile of the series, Agni-I was developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and tested in 1989. After its success, Agni missile program was separated from the IGMDP upon realizing its strategic importance. It was designated as a special program in India's defence budget and provided adequate funds for subsequent development.
Agni Prime’s enhanced range version could destroy targets at distances up to 45 kilometres. In March DRDO successfully test-fired a missile with a unique propulsion system - one based on solid fuel ducted ramjet (SFDR) technology from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur.