Agni P Missile – UPSC Prelims

  • Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles.
  • It is a surface-to-surface missile.
  • Canister Based Missile: Agni P is a canister based missile. Canisterisation of missiles reduces the time required to launch the missile while improving its storage and mobility.
  • This means that it can be launched from rail and road and stored for a longer period. It can also be transported across the length and breadth of the country.
  • Weight: The missile weighs 50% less than Agni III and has new guidance and a new generation of propulsion.
  • Range: The missile has a range between 1000km to 2000km.
  • It has been developed specifically to strike targets in Pakistan. Its range is too short to reach targets in the Chinese mainland.
  • Will Replace: The Agni-P will replace the Prithvi, Agni-1 and Agni-2 missiles that were built two decades ago with technologies that are now considered outdated.
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