“Agni Prime” ballistic missile
Agni Prime” ballistic missile was successfully tested off the coast of Odisha recently.
- The recent test is the third consecutive test flight of the Agni Prime missile. It marks the completion of development trial.
- It confirmed the accuracy and reliability of the indigenous missile system.
- The first flight test of the Agni Prime was conducted in June 2021, with the second one taking place six months later in December.
- These two tests also saw the missile successfully meeting the mission objectives with high level of accuracy.
- With these successful tests, the missile will now be put into user trials by the Strategic Nuclear Command, which is responsible for the management and administration of India’s tactical and strategic nuclear weapon stockpile.
- After these trials are completed, Agni-P will be officially inducted into the Strategic Forces Command arsenal.
- Once inducted, this missile will become a key asset in India’s nuclear deterrence with range of 1,000 to 2,000 km.
- The latest testing of the Agni-P came a day after the United States announced the surfacing of the nuclear ballistic missile submarine USS Virginia at an undisclosed location in Arabian Sea.
- Earlier, India tested a submarine launched ballistic missile from its INS Arihant submarine in October 2022.
- The recent activities of the US and India are significant in light of Chinese President Xi Jinping getting reelected for the third term.
The Agni Prime or the Agni-P is a nuclear-capable next generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles. This medium-range missile was developed by DRDO to replace Agni-I and Agni-II missiles. This 10-meter-long two-stage canisterised missile has a maximum range of 2,000 kilometres. It weighs less than 50 per cent of the Agni 3 missiles. It is equipped with new guidance and propulsion systems. The missile can be fired from mobile launchers and has a high survival rate.
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