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India tests new nuclear missile

Rocket has attack range of 1,000 to 2,000 km

India has tested a new generation ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The rocket Agni Prime and was launched in recent days from the island of Abdul Kalam, off the coast of Odisha. This is the second missile test, after a first test carried out last June 28. 

The missile "followed a textbook trajectory to achieve all the objectives of the mission, with a high level of accuracy". "This, second flight test, has demonstrated the reliable performance of all the advanced technologies integrated in the system", a government official said. Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the scientists and Defense Research and Development Organization (Drdo) Chairman Satheesh Reddy on the success of the test.

The two-state missile has an attack range of 1,000 to 2,000 km. It is equipped with a dual navigation and guidance system. Compared to previous versions, the Agni Prime is smaller and lighter than the entire series. The rocket will be fully operational after a series of development and operational tests. 

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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