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India successfully test-fired the Agni Prime missile off the coast of Odisha at Balasore on Saturday, according to government sources.

The Agni-P is a next-generation improved derivative of the Agni missile family. It’s a two-stage canisterized missile with a range of 1,000 to 2,000 kilometres.

The Agni Prime missile was tested for the second time. The test took place at 11 a.m. off the coast of Balasore, on the APJ Abdul Kalam island.

According to reports, the nuclear-capable strategic missile Agni Prime received a slew of new features during the test.

An official was cited as saying, “The missile test met all of its mission goals with a high level of accuracy.” On June 28, the first test was successfully completed at the same location.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised the system’s performance and hailed the Defence and Research Development Organisation (DRDO) on the successful flight test.

“At 11:06 a.m., the DRDO conducted a test. Along the eastern coast, telemetry, radar, electro-optical stations, and downrange ships recorded and monitored missile trajectory and characteristics. The missile followed a textbook trajectory, accomplishing all mission goals with exceptional accuracy, according to the DRDO.

The ballistic missile is half the weight of the Agni 3 and can be launched from train or road. It can also be kept for longer periods of time and transported throughout the country as needed.

The government successfully test-fired the air variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on December 7, marking a “significant milestone” in BrahMos development, according to the ministry of defence.

The missile was successfully test-fired from an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi 30 MKI supersonic fighter aircraft at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, according to the ministry.

Around the same time, the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur successfully test-fired the Vertically Launched Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM).

The air defence system, according to authorities from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), can engage targets at a range of 15 kilometres. The VL-SRSAM, which was planned and developed for the Indian Navy by the DRDO, is intended to neutralise a variety of aircraft threats at close ranges, including sea-skimming targets, according to the organisation.

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