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DRDO successfully tests new generation ballistic missile 'Agni-Prime' off the Odisha coast

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DRDO successfully tests new generation ballistic missile

In a significant stride towards bolstering its defence capabilities, India has successfully tested the Agni-Prime, a new generation ballistic missile. 

Strategic Forces Command (SFC), along with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), conducted the successful flight test of the New Generation Ballistic Missile Agni-Prime from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha at around 19:00 hrs on April 03, 2024.

Test details and success

The test took place on a Wednesday evening. The missile met all its trial objectives, demonstrating its reliability and precision. This was validated through data captured by numerous range sensors and two downrange ships positioned at the terminal point of the missile's trajectory.


The test was witnessed by a cadre of high-ranking officials, including the Chief of Defence Staff, General Anil Chauhan, the Chief of the Strategic Forces Command, and senior officials from the DRDO and Indian Army. Their presence highlights the significant interest and investment in India's strategic defence initiatives.

What did Defense Minister Rajnath Singh say?

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDDefense Minister Rajnath Singh, SFC, and the Armed Forces on the successful test. He stated that the successful development and induction of the missile will be an excellent force multiplier for the Armed Forces. Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, and Chairman DRDO Dr Samir V Kamat appreciated the efforts of SFC and DRDO for the successful flight test.

Features of Agni-Prime

Agni-Prime is a two-stage, solid-fuel missile system that marks an evolution in the Agni series with a range of 1,000-2,000 km. Its construction from composite materials offers advantages such as lightweight, enhanced strength, and design flexibility over conventional materials.

The missile's canisterised configuration ensures rapid deployment and heightened reliability, with significant implications for India's strategic deterrence capabilities.