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Agni Prime, most sophisticated in missile series, tested successfully

Agni Prime is a new generation Agni class missile with a range of up to 2,000 km, weighing 50% less than Agni III and boasting of the most advanced features in the series

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested today the latest-generation nuclear-capable ballistic Agni Prime from Island off the coast of Odisha. This is the second time the missile was tested this year after June.

A lot of new features have been added to the nuclear-capable strategic Agni Prime during this test. The ballistic missile weighs 50% less than Agni III. It can be launched from rail and road and stored for a longer period and transported all across the country as per operational requirements.

An official statement said that various telemetry, radar, electro-optical stations and down-range ships positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the trajectory and parameters of Agni Prime and the missile “followed textbook trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with a high level of accuracy”.

The is a two-stage canister-launched solid-propellant ballistic missile with dual redundant navigation and guidance system, the statement said. This “second -test has proven the reliable performance of all the advanced technologies integrated into the system”, it read.

Agni Prime is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles with a range capability from 1,000 km to 2,000 km.

Agni V, India’s longest-range ballistic missile, has a range of nearly 5,000 km.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO for the successful test and expressed his happiness for the excellent performance of the system, the statement read.

On 7 December, the country successfully test-fired the air version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise that the ministry of defence described as a ‘major milestone’ in development. The ministry had said the missile was successfully test-fired from Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Sukhoi 30 MKI supersonic fighter aircraft from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), based in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.

Around the same time, the Vertically Launched Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur.

According to DRDO, the air defence system can engage targets at around 15 km. The VL-SRSAM, indigenously designed and developed by the DRDO for the Indian Navy, is meant for neutralising various aerial threats at close ranges, including sea-skimming targets, the organisation said.

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