DRDO successfully flight-tests Agni Prime ballistic missile

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested New Generation Agni Prime Ballistic Missile from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha on June 07, 2023. 

During the flight test, all objectives were successfully demonstrated, thereby paving the way for induction of the system into the Armed Forces.

This was the first pre-induction night launch conducted by the users after three successful developmental trials of the missile, validating the accuracy and reliability of the system.

Range Instrumentation like Radar, Telemetry and Electro Optical Tracking Systems were deployed at different locations, including two down-range ships, at the terminal point to capture flight data covering the entire trajectory of the vehicle.

Source: https://pib.gov.in/

About Agni Prime Ballistic Missile

Agni Prime is a medium-range ballistic missile being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as a successor for Agni-I and Agni-II missiles in the operational service of Strategic Forces Command with significant upgrades in the form of composite motor casing, maneuverable reentry vehicle (MaRV) along with improved propellants, navigation and guidance systems.

The missile is a two-stage, surface to surface, road mobile and solid-fueled MRBM which is transported by a truck and launched via a canister.

It is a ballistic missile with dual redundant navigation and guidance system.

Further, it is the sixth missile in the Agni (missile) series of ballistic missile.


Mass: 11,000 kg (24,000 lb)

Length: 10.5 m (34 ft 5 in)

Diameter: 1.15 m (3 ft 9 in)

Warhead: 1x MaRV


2x MIRV (high explosive, thermobaric and nuclear)

Warhead weight: 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) – 3,000 kg (6,600 lb)

Engine: Two stage rocket motor with third stage MaRV

Propellant: Solid fuel

Operational Range: 1,000–2,000 kilometres (620–1,240 mi)

Guidance System: Ring laser gyro inertial navigation system with redundant micro inertial navigation and digital control system. Optionally augmented by GPS/NavIC satellite guidance.

Accuracy: <10 m CEP

Launch Platform: Mobile rail-launcher, Transporter erector launcher

Specification Source: Wikipedia and Open Sources