Successful test of new version of ballistic missile

India successfully launched a new version of its medium-range ballistic missile under the auspices of the Strategic Force Command.

Recently, India successfully launched a new version of its medium-range ballistic missile.

Main point

  • The missile launch was carried out under the auspices of the Strategic Force Command.
  • The missile was tested from Abdul Kalam Island, a coastal launch base in Odisha.
  • Earlier on 18 April 2024, DRDO had successfully flight tested the Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM).
  • The flight of the missile was monitored from Sukhoi-30-MK-I aircraft of the Indian Air Force

About ballistic missile

  • Ballistic missile is a missile whose launch path is sub-orbital ballistic path.
  • It is used to fire a weapon (usually a nuclear weapon) at a predetermined target.
  • Ballistic missiles are initially propelled by rockets but then follow an unpowered, free-falling trajectory toward their target.
  • They are classified based on the maximum distance they can travel, which depends on how powerful the missile’s engines (rockets) are and the weight of the missile’s payload.
  • To add more range to a missile, rockets are placed on top of each other in a configuration called staging.


  • The first ballistic missile was the A-4, also commonly known as the V-2 rocket. This missile was developed by Nazi Germany between 1930 and 1940 under the supervision of rocket scientist Wernher von Braun.
  • The first successful test of the V-2 rocket took place on 3 October 1942, it was used against France on 6 September 1944 and against London two days later.
  • By the end of World War II (May 1945), the V-2 rocket missile had been used more than 3,000 times.
  • The general classifications of ballistic missiles are:
    • short-range ballistic missiles, traveling less than 1,000 kilometers (about 620 miles);
    • medium-range ballistic missiles; traveling between 1,000–3,000 kilometers (about 620–1,860 miles);
    • intermediate-range ballistic missiles, traveling between 3,000–5,500 kilometers (about 1,860–3,410 miles);
    • Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), with a range of more than 5,500 kilometers.
  • Short- and medium-range ballistic missiles are referred to as theater ballistic missiles, while ICBMs or long-range ballistic missiles are described as strategic ballistic missiles.
The first ballistic missile ‘A-4’ was developed under the supervision of which rocket scientist?

Wernher von Braun

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