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About Agni Prime Missile

Focus: GS III: Science and Technology

Why in News?

Recently, New Generation Ballistic Missile ‘Agni Prime’ was successfully flight-tested by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island.

About Agni Prime Missile:

  • Agni Prime Missile is a short-range ballistic missile designed for surface-to-surface operations.
  • It has a range of 1000 km to 1500 km, making it capable of covering significant distances.
  • The missile is capable of carrying a payload of around 1,000 kg, including the option for a nuclear warhead.
  • It incorporates advanced technologies such as new propulsion systems, composite rocket motor casings, and advanced navigation and guidance systems.

What is a ballistic missile?

  • Ballistic missiles are a type of weapon system that follows a specific trajectory.
  • They are launched directly into the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • Once launched, they travel outside the atmosphere, where the warhead detaches from the missile and falls towards a predetermined target.
  • Ballistic missiles are powered by rockets and can carry conventional or nuclear munitions.
  • They can be launched from various platforms including aircraft, ships, submarines, and land-based launchers

July 2024