India on Monday successfully test-fired the advanced version of Agni-1 missile ‘Agni Prime’ from a defence test facility off Odisha coast.
According to reports, the missile was test-fired successfully from launchpad No-4 of Chandipur at 10.55 am today.
According to available data, the ‘Agni Prime’ is a short-range ballistic missile that will have a range of 1000 km to 2000 km and will have advanced features in agility and road mobility. It is a surface to a surface missile that can carry a payload of around 1,000 Kg or a nuclear warhead. The double stage missile will be lighter and much sleeker than its predecessor ‘Agni-1’.
The new nuclear-capable missile is fully made up of composite material and it was a textbook launch, government sources said.
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, DRDO officials said.
Agni-I is India’s first intermediate-range ballistic missile, was test-fired for the first time in May 1989. Inducted into service in 2004, the previous version of Agni-1 missile has a range of 700 kilometers to 900 kilometers.