India has successfully launched the medium-range Agni-1 missile from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.
This marks yet another successful test of a nuclear-capable ballistic missile amid the continuing military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh. This launch was carried out by the tri-service Strategic Forces Command (SFC). And was considered a success due to all operational and technical parameters of the missile being validated.
About the Agni-1 Missile
The Agni-1 is a medium-range ballistic missile with a strike range of 700km. It is already inducted into the SFC, and is capable of striking targets with a very high degree of precision. This missile is part of a series of ballistic missiles developed by India. Which also include the Prithvi-II (350km range), Agni-2 (2,000-km), Agni-3 (3,000-km) and Agni-4 (4,000-km).
Agni-5 and Agni-Prime
The most formidable nuclear-capable missile, the over 5,000-km Agni-5, is in the process of being inducted into the SFC. This missile is capable of bringing even the northernmost part of China within its strike envelope. Additionally, India recently tested a new-generation missile with a strike range of 1,000 to 2,000-km called ‘Agni-Prime’ for the first time.
This missile was developed with new propulsion systems and composite rocket motor casings as well as advanced navigation and guidance systems. It will gradually replace the Agni-I missiles in the SFC’s arsenal.
The successful launch of the Agni-1 missile is a testament to India’s increasing military strength and prowess. With the development of the Agni-5 and Agni-Prime missiles, India is poised to become a dominant global power in the coming years.