A new generation nuclear capable ballistic missile, Agni-P (Prime) was successfully test-fried by the defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday.
“Agni prime” is a new generation advanced variant of Agni class of missile. It is a canisterised missile with range capabilities between 1,000 and 2,000 km,” a DRDO statement said. The test was conducted at 10:55 a.m. from Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam island, Balasore, off the coast of Odisha.
Congratulating the DRDO, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Twitter : Many advanced technologies including composites, propulsion systems, innovative guidance and control mechanisms and stats-of-the-art navigation systems have been introduced. The Agni-P missile would further strengthen India’s credible deterence capabilities.”
Cuts launch time
Canisterisation of missiles reduces the time required to launch the missile while improving its storage and mobility, one defence official explained.
The Agni class of missile are the mainstay of India’s nuclear launch capability which also includes the Prithvi short range ballistic missile, submarine launched ballistic missile and fighter aircraft.
The longest of the Agni series, Agni-V, an Inter-continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) with a range of over 5,000 km, has already been tested several times and validated fir induction.
In the past few years, India has also operationalised its submarine-based nuclear launch capability, completing the nuclear triad.
This is especially important given India’s no-first use policy while reserving the right of massive retaliation if struck with nuclear weapons first
Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile, the statement said. “The missile followed textbook trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with high level of accuracy,”.