New Delhi: India, on Monday, successfully carried out the test-firing of a new missile of the Agni series known as Agni-Prime at 10.55 am, off the coast of Odisha. The new nuclear-capable missile is fully made up of composite material and it was a textbook launch, news agency ANI reported citing government sources.
“Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked & monitored the missile. It has followed textbook trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with a high level of accuracy,” DRDO officials said.
Agni Prime can hit targets up to a range of 2000 km: DRDO
According to officials, Agni-Prime is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles. It is a canisterised missile with a range capability between 1000 and 2000 km. “Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested a New Generation Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile Agni P from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore at 1055 hrs on June 28, 2021,” a PIB release said.
According to DRDO, the missile can hit targets up to a range of 2000 km and is very short and light in comparison with other missiles in this class. A lot of new technologies have been incorporated in the new missile, the officials said here. The missile could add teeth to India’s arsenal and enhance its capability to target enemy establishments in a radius of 2000 km – which will bring most Pakistani establishments and several Chinese bases under its cover.
It may be noted that DRDO had successfully test-fired enhanced range versions of indigenously developed 122mm Caliber Rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.