India successfully tests its ‘Agni Prime’ ballistic missile, which is capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
A two-stage canisterized solid-propellant missile with dual redundant navigation and guiding systems is called the “Agni Prime.”
Agni Prime missile flight test from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha in June 2021 (HT Photo/DRDO)
A new generation of ballistic missiles called “Agni Prime” was successfully tested by India on Friday morning off the coast of Odisha. Defense officials claimed that the “Agni Primethird “‘s straight successful test had “proved the precision and reliability of the system” and that all test objectives had been reached.
According to the officials, data from numerous tracking systems, including radar, telemetry, and electro-optical devices, were used to validate performance.
According to officials, these systems covered the whole trajectory and were placed at various points along the flight path, including two down-range ships at the terminal position.
The first test took place in June of last year, and the second one was held in December, six months later. The missile “followed textbook trajectory and completed all mission objectives with a high level of accuracy” on each of those instances as well, officials said.
The “Agni Prime,” also known as “Agni-P,” is a two-stage canisterized missile from the Agni class that is nuclear-capable and has a maximum range of 2,000 kilometres.
Notably, it has updated guidance and propulsion technologies and weighs 50% less than the Agni 3 missile. Additionally, because it is canisterized, it may be stored for longer periods of time, launched from a train or a road, and transported in accordance with operational needs.
This week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the actions made in that direction.
At the opening of DefExpo 2022 in Gandhinagar, in the election-year state of Gujarat, the prime minister declared, “Eight years ago, India was the world’s largest importer of defence… but the ‘new India’ has showed intent and resolve to ‘Make in India’ the success story of our defence sector.”