India Test New Nuclear-Capable Missile Agni Prime; Here’s What We Know About It

by Swarajya Staff - Jun 28, 2021 12:52 PM +05:30 IST
India Test New Nuclear-Capable Missile Agni Prime; Here’s What We Know About ItAgni Prime 

Earlier today, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test-fired a new generation nuclear-capable ballistic missile in the Agni series, called ‘Agni Prime’, from the integrated test range in Orissa’s Chandipur.

The missile, the DRDO says, is a two-stage and solid-fuel weapon system. It is an advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles with a range of 1,000-2,000 km.

“Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile. It followed textbook trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with a high level of accuracy,” the DRDO said in a statement.

The missile is fully made up of composite material, which has various advantages over conventional materials. Composites are lightweight, have better strength and offer more design and production flexibility over conventional materials.

Agni Prime comes in a canisterised configuration. Canisterisation significantly enhances the mobility of a missile. In canisterised configuration, a missile requires very short preparation time and can be launched at short notice. Canisterisation also increases the reliability of a missile and its shelf-life.

In this configuration, a missile mated with a nuclear warhead is sealed in a canister, which is placed atop a road-mobile launcher.

In the past, India has tested its Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile in canisterised configuration. The missile has a range of over 5,500 km.

A canisterised missile can be fired directly from the canister or cylindrical container containing the missile by elevating it.

Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Comments ↓
Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.

Latest Articles

    Artboard 4Created with Sketch.