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December 20, 2021

India’s DRDO tests Agni P nuclear capable ballistic missile

The latest flight test follows successful firing of the canisterised missile in June this year.

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the second flight test of the new generation nuclear capable ballistic missile, Agni-P.

Conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the flight test took place from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast of Odisha on 18 December.

The firing demonstrated performance of all the advanced technologies integrated within the system.

The MoD noted that the ballistic missile was ‘tracked and monitored’ by several telemetry, radar, electro-optical stations, and down range vessels positioned along the eastern coast.

All the mission objectives were met with high accuracy and the nuclear capable ballistic missile followed textbook trajectory in the latest flight test, the ministry noted.

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DRDO chairman G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the team and appreciated the team’s efforts on the second development flight trial.

A two-stage solid propellant missile, Agni P features dual redundant navigation and guidance system.

It is a ‘canisterised’ surface-to-surface missile with a 1,000km to 2,000km range and is said to be designed to hit enemy vessels located as far as in the Indo-Pacific.

The Agni series of ballistic missiles are developed under the DRDO’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

The Agni missile family comprises of series ranging from I to IV and Agni-V.

In June this year, DRDO tested Agni P advanced ballistic missile variant from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island.

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