India successfully test-fires Agni Prime off Odisha coast: Here's all you need to know about the new ballistic missile
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India on Monday successfully test-fired its new generation nuclear-capable Agni Prime missile from a defence base off Odisha coast.

"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.

As per Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) 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 kilometres. Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile. It has followed textbook trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with a high level of accuracy," the officials told ANI.

On July 25, DRDO had successfully test-fired enhanced range versions of indigenously developed 122mm Caliber Rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

On July 24 and July 25, DRDO had also successfully test-fired an extended range version of indigenously developed Pinaka rocket from MBRL at ITR Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

Here's all you need to know about the Agni-Prime missile:

  • The nuclear-capable missile has been designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

  • Agni-Prime is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles.

  • According to officials, it is a canisterised missile with a range capability between 1000 and 2000 km.

  • 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.

  • The Agni Prime missile is a next-generation, nuclear-capable weapon made fully of a composite material.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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