AN AGNI-PRIME (AGNI-P) BALLISTIC MISSILE NIGHT TRIAL IN INDIA; ‘MIRV TECH’ MESSAGE TO CHINA, PAKISTAN

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On April 4, 2024, India successfully tested the Agni-Prime ballistic missile, a new generation nuclear-capable weapon with a 1,000–2,000 km attack range. This test, which was carried out at around 7 p.m. by the tri-service Strategic Forces Command (SFC) and the DRDO, is the second “pre-induction night trial” for the Agni-Prime. It sends a strong message to China and Pakistan and enhances the government’s reputation for protecting the country from enemies.

The ministry of defence attested to the test’s trustworthy performance by confirming that it fulfilled all testing objectives. Senior representatives from the armed services and DRDO, including Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan and SFC Chief Vice Admiral Suraj Berry, saw the launch. Rajnath Singh, the minister of defence, commended the DRDO, SFC, and

“The test met all the trial objectives validating its reliable performance, as confirmed from the data captured by a number of range sensors deployed at different locations, including two downrange ships placed at the terminal point,” according to the defence ministry.

The most recent Agni-Prime test follows the March 11, 2024, flight-test of the Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple warheads (MIRVs), which has a range of over 5,000 km. The smallest and lightest ballistic missile in the Agni series, the solid propellant-powered Agni-Prime will strengthen the nation’s strategic deterrence capabilities once it is introduced following a few more tests.

“Agni-Prime integrates cutting-edge navigation and guidance systems along with composite rocket motor casings and novel propulsion systems. Notably, it is also

The SFC’s armament, which also includes the ballistic missiles Prithvi-II (350 km), Agni-II (2,000 km), Agni-III (3,000 km), and Agni-V, will gradually be supplemented by the Agni-Prime (700 km). All of the Agni series missiles that the SFC has so far introduced are single-engine missiles. For India, the three-stage Agni-V with MIRVs’ recent flight test thus marks a significant advancement in strategic deterrence.

According to the ministry of defence, the test flight took place on Wednesday night and achieved every trial goal, verifying the dependable performance, which was verified by the data gathered by several range sensors positioned at various points.

The flight test of the was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The maiden flight test of the locally developed Agni-V missile with the multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV) under the ‘Mission Divyastra’ was successfully completed by India last month. By conducting the test, India became one of the few countries with this capabilities. A single missile can deliver numerous warheads at various sites thanks to the MIRV feature.

India has been working on equipping itself to stop enemy ballistic missiles both within and outside of the earth’s atmosphere.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s significant statement on the Agni-V missile on March 11, 2024, sends a strong message to Beijing and enhances the government’s reputation for protecting the country against enemies like China and Pakistan.

The maiden flight test of the locally developed Agni-V missile using Multiple Independently Targetable Re-Entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology was conducted by India on Monday. The missile was named Mission Divyastra. This was declared by the prime minister on social networking site X.

After the P5 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States), India will be the sixth country to possess this form of MIRV technical capacity.

With a 5,000–7,000 km range, Agni-V is primarily intended to strengthen India’s nuclear deterrence against China. India successfully tested the Agni-V nuclear variant in November 2021. On December 15, 2022, the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha, successfully completed Agni-V’s first night trial.

Officials stated that the new test, however, goes well beyond.

“This (the most recent test) will confirm that a single missile is capable of delivering numerous warheads at several targets. India has become one of the few countries with MIRV capabilities with the completion of the Mission Divyastra test, according to government authorities.

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