India successfully test fires Agni P, a new version of nuke capable missile
Agni P is a canisterised missile with range capability between 1,000 and 2,000-km
India successfully carried out test firing of a new generation nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni P from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore on Monday.
“Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile. The missile followed text book trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with high level of accuracy,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of Agni class of missiles. It is a canisterised missile with range capability between 1,000 and 2,000-km
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.
The missile, which has a range between 1000km to 2000km, can be used to target enemy armadas in the Indo-Pacific.
On June 25, the DRDO successfully test fired extended range version of indigenously developed Pinaka rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
Twenty-five Enhanced Pinaka Rockets were launched in quick succession against targets at different ranges. All the mission objectives were met during the launches.
The enhanced range version of Pinaka Rocket System can destroy targets at distances up to 45-km.
On the same day, India’s premier defence research organisation successfully test fired enhanced range versions of indigenously developed 122mm Caliber Rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) at ITR, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
Four enhanced range version of 122mm rockets were test fired with full instrumentation and they met the complete mission objectives.
These rockets have been developed for Army applications and can destroy targets up to 40-km.