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India Successfully Test-Flights New-Generation Ballistic Missile ‘Agni Prime’ off Odisha Coast

Date: June 9, 2023

India achieved a significant milestone in its defense capabilities as the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired the new-generation ballistic missile ‘Agni Prime from an island off the Odisha coast. The test, conducted by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island, marked the first pre-induction night launch of the missile following three successful developmental trials. The successful flight test validated the accuracy, reliability, and operational readiness of the system.

The officials confirmed that all objectives of the test were met successfully, demonstrating the advancements made by Indian scientists and engineers in developing state-of-the-art missile technology. The test launch was witnessed by senior officials from DRDO and the Strategic Forces Command, who expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Agni Prime missile.

To ensure the collection of comprehensive flight data, range instrumentation systems including radar, telemetry, and electro-optical tracking systems were strategically deployed at various locations. Two down-range ships were also stationed to capture flight data throughout the missile’s trajectory. The availability of accurate flight data will facilitate further analysis and refinement of the missile’s performance.

The successful flight test of Agni Prime has paved the way for the induction of this advanced ballistic missile system into India’s armed forces. With its extended range and enhanced capabilities, Agni Prime is expected to significantly strengthen India’s deterrence posture and bolster its national security. The missile’s induction will further consolidate India’s position as a key player in the field of advanced missile technology.

Congratulating DRDO and the armed forces on the successful flight test, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh acknowledged their dedication and relentless efforts in developing cutting-edge defense systems. He emphasized the importance of self-reliance in defense technology and reiterated India’s commitment to enhancing its defense capabilities indigenously.

The successful test of Agni Prime demonstrates India’s resolve to continuously upgrade its defense capabilities and maintain credible deterrence. It also reflects the country’s commitment to technological advancements and self-sufficiency in defense production. As India continues to invest in research and development, it is poised to become a significant global player in defense technology and a reliable partner in ensuring regional and global security.

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