India successfully test-fired a new Agni series missile Agni-Prime off the coast of Odisha at 10:55 am today. Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed this missile. This missile has been made by combining state-of-the-art technologies used in Agni 4 with a range of 4000 km and Agni 5 with a range of 5000 km.
This missile has a range of 1000 to 1500 km. Agni Prime missile based on 2 stage and solid fuel is guided by navigation system based on Advance Ring Laser Gyroscope. Its guided system is equipped with electro mechanical actuator. Unlike the single stage Agni 1, the double stage Agni Prime can be fired from both road and mobile launchers.
Agni Prime is a low weight missile due to the use of state-of-the-art technology. Its firepower is more than the earlier missiles. India first test-fired the medium-range ballistic missile Agni 1 in 1989. If sources are to be believed, Agni 1 will now be replaced by Agni Prime, five missiles of the Agni series have been successfully developed and tested in India.