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India Tests New Agni-Prime Missile: Odisha’s Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island.

by Nita Mishra

Testing the Agni-Prime Missile

India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) collaborated with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to conduct a test of the new Agni-Prime ballistic missile on Wednesday evening, around 7 PM, off the coast of Odisha’s Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island.

Significance of Agni-Prime

The Agni-Prime missile is a highly lethal modern and medium-range ballistic missile. It will be operated under the Indian Strategic Forces Command and is also known as Agni P. This test is a significant step towards bolstering India’s defense capabilities.

Successful Test and Congratulations

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and DRDO Chairman Samir B. Kamat have congratulated DRDO, SFC, and the armed forces for this successful test. This achievement reflects India’s commitment to modernizing its defense systems.

Capabilities of Agni-Prime

  • Range: According to DRDO sources, the ballistic missile Agni-Prime is capable of striking targets up to 2000 kilometers away.
  • Payload Capacity: This missile is capable of carrying high-intensity explosive nuclear warheads weighing up to 3000 kilograms.
  • Design: It is a two-stage rocket motor missile with a weight of 11 thousand kilograms. The Agni-Prime missile is made of lightweight materials, enhancing its efficiency.

Implications for India’s Defense

This successful test marks a significant milestone in India’s defense capabilities. The Agni-Prime missile adds to India’s strategic deterrence and defense preparedness. With its range and payload capacity, it further strengthens India’s position as a formidable force in the region.

Presence at the Test

Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, Chief of Strategic Forces Command, senior officials from DRDO, and the Indian Army were present at this occasion. Their presence underscores the importance and significance of this test for India’s defense strategy.


The successful testing of the Agni-Prime missile showcases India’s commitment to enhancing its defense systems. This modern and capable ballistic missile will play a crucial role in strengthening India’s strategic deterrence capabilities, ensuring the nation’s security in the region.

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