February 27, 2024

Agni-P Ballistic Missile Successfully Test fired

DRDO and Strategic Forces Command (SFC) successfully conducted 1st pre-induction night launch of the Agni Prime.

AGNI-P is a next-generation missile of the AGNI series. The Agni P is seen as a successor for Agni-I and Agni-II missiles. It weighs 50 per cent less than the Agni 3 missile and has new guidance and propulsion systems.

In a broader sense, the AGNI-P is similar to Chinese DF-21D anti-Ship Ballistic Missile. The re-entry vehicle of AGNI-P is a Maneuverable Reentry Vehicle (MaRV).

MaRV, which stands for Maneuverable Reentry Vehicle, is a technology used in ballistic missiles. It enables the warhead to perform controlled maneuvers during reentry, increasing its ability to evade anti-missile defences.

By employing aerodynamic controls, such as fins or thrusters, MaRV allows the warhead to change its trajectory unpredictably, making it difficult to intercept and enhance the missile’s effectiveness in delivering its payload accurately. This advanced capability enhances the survivability and effectiveness of ballistic missiles against modern defence systems.

It is capable of hitting any mobile target. For example in the form of an anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM), it can hit a mobile target on land or at sea. It can carry a payload between 1.5 tons to 3 tons to a distance of upto 2000km.

In addition, since it is canisterised missile and because most of the components in AGNI-P are made of composite material, which is corrosion free. It can be launched from rail or road, be stored for longer periods and can be transported as per operational requirements.

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