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DRDO successfully flight-tested ‘Agni Prime’ ballistic missile

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New Delhi. ‘Agni Prime’, New Generation Ballistic Missile was successfully flight-tested by DRDO from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha on June 07, 2023. During the flight test, all objectives were successfully demonstrated.

This was the first pre-induction night launch conducted by the users after three successful developmental trials of the missile, validating the accuracy and reliability of the system. Range Instrumentation like Radar, Telemetry and Electro Optical Tracking Systems were deployed at different locations, including two down-range ships, at the terminal point to capture flight data covering the entire trajectory of the vehicle.

Senior officials from DRDO and Strategic Forces Command witnessed the successful flight-test, which has paved the way for induction of the system into the Armed Forces.

Agni-P is a two-stage canisterised solid propellant ballistic missile with dual redundant navigation and guidance system, according to the DRDO. It has a range between 1000 to 2000 km and was tested for the first time in June 2021. It is lighter than all the earlier Agni series of missiles.

Agni series of missiles constitute the backbone of India’s nuclear weapons delivery which also includes the Prithvi short range ballistic missiles.

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