N-capable Agni P successfully tested off Odisha coast

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Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles with range capability between 1,000 and 2,000-km…reports Asian lite News

The new generation nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni P (Agni Prime) was successfully tested on Saturday for the second consecutive time this year.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the test from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, the Ministry of Defence said. The first successful test had been carried out from the same place on June 28 this year.

Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles with range capability between 1,000 and 2,000-km

Various telemetry, radar, electro-optical stations and down range ships positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile trajectory and parameters. “The missile followed textbook trajectory meeting all mission objectives with high level of accuracy,” the defence ministry said.

The Agni P is a two-stage canisterised solid propellant ballistic missile with dual redundant navigation and guidance system. This second flight-test has proven the reliable performance of all the advanced technologies integrated into the system, the defence ministry pointed out.

The ballistic missile weighs 50 percent less than Agni III and has new guidance and a new generation of propulsion. Since the missile is canisterised, it can be launched from rail and road and stored for a longer period and transported all across the country as per operational requirements.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO for the successful flight test and expressed his happiness at the excellent performance of the system.

Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO G Satheesh Reddy appreciated the efforts of the team for the second development flight trial with many additional features. He congratulated them for the consecutive success within the same calendar year.

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