India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently tested a nuclear-capable Medium Range Ballistic Missile that has a range of 2000km and it quickly caught the attention of many western defense analysts due to some of the unique features of the missile system that truly validates claims made by DRDO that Agni-1P is next-generation and latest variant of its Agni family that is one of the best in its class when compared to similar missiles not only in the region but actually in the world.

Agni-1P is a two-stage, solid-fuelled that incorporates technologies that were initially used in the 4,000 km-range Agni IV (Agni-IIA) and 5,000 km-range Agni V missiles such as composite rocket motors, ring laser gyroscope-based inertial navigation systems, and micro-navigation systems. Canisterised Agni-1P is also fitted with electro-mechanical actuators for guidance and is reported to have a circular error probable (CEP) of 10 m.

Agni-1P specification is estimated to have a Diameter: ~1.2mtrs, Length: 10.5 meters, Payload: 500-1000kgs, Max. Range with 1000 kgs: ~2000 km. The total weight of the Agni-1P missile is estimated to be between 11 to 13 tons. An initial estimate of the missile range indicates the capability to hit targets as far as 2700km with a lighter 500 kg payload.

Other notable features of the Agni-1P are that it has Two composite motor casing stages that use all-Advanced carbon fiber to make it lighter and in the same weight bracket has its 11-ton predecessor Agni-1 that had a max range of 1200km. All flex nozzle motors are provided to compensate for flight disturbances so that it continues to follow the programmed trajectory. four delta fins in the composite casing for terminal maneuvering of its re-entry warheads.

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