‘Agni P’: India test fires new-gen nuclear capable ballistic missile

On December 18, 2021 the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested the new generation nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni P’.

Key Points

  • Agni P was launched from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha.
  • Trajectory and parameters of the missile was tracked and monitored by several telemetry, electro-optical stations, radar, and down range ships positioned along eastern coast.
  • Agni P followed textbook trajectory and met all the objectives of mission with high level of accuracy.

About Agni P

Agni P is a two-stage canisterised solid propellant ballistic missile, having a dual redundant navigation and guidance system. It is a medium-range ballistic missile, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as the successor of Agni-I and Agni-II missiles. It is the sixth missile in Agni (missile) series of ballistic missile. The missile can be either transported on train or stored in canister.

First Test of Agni-P

DRDO had successfully test fired the first Agni-P on June 28, 2021, from Abdul Kalam Island. The missile carried two multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV). It is a three-stage solid fuel missile, having the capability of manoeuvrable re-entry vehicle (MaRV).

Second test of Agni-P

Second successful test was conducted on December 18, 2021, from the coast of Odisha at Balasore. It is a two-stage Agni-P missile and has been developed with new propulsion systems. It is the smallest and lightest missile among entire Agni series of ballistic missiles.

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