Nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-P (Prime)

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Nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-P (Prime)

Nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-P (Prime)

Recently, a new generation nuclear capable ballistic missile has been successfully test-fired by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

Agni-P is a new generation highly advanced class missile of Agni class. It is a small canisterised missile, which has a range of 1,000 to 2,000 km.

The distribution of missiles in canisters reduces the time required to launch the missile, and improves its storage and maneuverability.

The Agni-V is the longest and inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) of the Agni series, with a strike range of more than 5,000 km. This missile has been successfully tested many times in the past as well.

Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP)

The idea of setting up IGMDP was given by renowned scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, which was approved by the Government of India in the year 1983, and completed in the year 2012. Its objective is to achieve self-reliance in the field of missile technology.

The 5 missiles (P-A-T-N-A) developed under this program are:

  • Prithvi: It is a surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile.
  • Agni: It is a ‘surface-to-surface’ medium-range ballistic missile with the following stages developed i.e., Agni (1,2,3,4,5)
  • Trishul: It is a short-range surface-to-air missile.
  • Nag: Third generation anti-tank missile.
  • Akash: A medium-range surface-to-air missile.

Source – The Hindu

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