Deadliest Missiles of Indian Armed Forces

Deadliest Missiles of Indian Armed Forces: Missiles are one of the major aspects of the defense program as they play a crucial role in shaping the country’s Deterrence and National Security, India has been investing heavily and focused on missile programs for technological advancement. Missile technology also helps in maintaining Strategic reach, and regional balance, as well as coping with counterterrorism.

India has developed Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM), and Anti Ballistic Missiles (ABM). Indian Armed Forces are capable of producing all types of Missiles system including surface-to-surface, surface-to-air, anti-ship, etc.

In this blog post, we will emphasize and keep our focus on the Deadliest Missiles of the Indian Armed Forces and how these missiles are shaping India to become an independent strong country.

List of the Deadliest Missiles of the Indian Armed Forces

Prithvi Series: The Pioneer of India’s Missile Program

Prithvi Series missiles are the sort-range missile technology that was developed by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) back in the 1980s. The Missiles program was initiated with the growing threat of China and Pakistan to enhance national security.

Prithvi Missiles during launch

Here are some variants of the Prithvi Series-

  • Prithvi-1: It is the first operational missile of the Prithvi Series entered into service in 1994 which is a short-range (150-200 km) missile mainly used on battlefields.
  • Prithvi-2: Prithvi-2 was the improved version of the Prithvi-1 missiles with a longer striking capability and enhanced target-hitting capability. According to the sources, Prithvi Missile can hit a target of up to 200 to 250 km.
  • Prithvi-3: It is also known as Dhanush Missile when it is deployed in Indian Navy. It is a further Updated version of the Prithvi-2, it has a striking capability of up to 350 to 600 km.
  • Prithvi-4: It is the modern-day most advanced missile of the Agni Series, also known as Agni Prime or (Agni-P) which has extended range and Manvouer capability as compared to earlier versions, it has an extended range of 600-800 km.

Agni Series: The Long-Range Firepower

Agni Missiles of the Agni Series are the most advanced missiles in the Indian Armed Forces. Agni series are referred to as the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM). Agni Missiles are named after the Hindu God of Fire- Agni. Agni Series Consists of Agni-1, Agni-2, Agni-3, Agni-4, Agni-5.

Agni-V Image

The Agni series is designed to bolster India’s nuclear deterrent capabilities and maintain national security. Here is the table of the various variant of the Agni Missile compared in various aspects.

Aspects Agni-IAgni-IIAgni-IIIAgni-IVAgni-VAgni-VI
Range700 km2,000 km3,500 km4,000 km5,000 kmUpto 11,000 km
Launch Weight12,000 kg17,000 kg48,000 kg17,000 kg50,000 kgN/A
Guidance SystemInertial + IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) + GPS (Global Positioning System)
Inertial + IRNSS + GPS
Inertial + IRNSS + GPS
Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System + Micro Inertial Navigation System
Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System + Micro Inertial Navigation System
Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System + Micro Inertial Navigation System

Accuracy25 m CEP40-50 m CEP<40 m CEP40 m CEP<10 m CEPN/A
Number of stages122233+
StatusOperationalOperationalOperationalOperationalOperationalUnder Development
Agni Missiles Variant

India is developing one of the most advanced and lethal Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-6 missiles which can hit the target upto the 11,000km. Recently India has also test-fired its most advanced Agni Prime or Agni-P.

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BrahMos: The Supersonic Cruise Missile

Brahmos missile is the supersonic cruise missile system of India jointly made by India and Russia (DRDO and NPO Mashinostroyeniya (Russia)). It is named after the Indian River Brahmaputra and the Russian River Moskva. Brahmos missile is a supersonic missile system that can launch from land, water, and air. It is believed to be one of the fastest supersonic missiles in the world with a speech of 2.8 to 3.0 Mach. The land-based Brahmos missile has a range of approximately 300 km, the reports say that India is also developing the extended version of the Brahmos.

Brahmos is a multi-role missile and can be equipped with conventional warheads for precision targets, it can be launched from various platforms including land-based mobile launchers, naval warships, and aircraft.

The BrahMos has undergone various upgradation for further flexibility and to enhance its capability and effectiveness. It is integrated into land-based mobile launchers, Indian Navy, and Indian Airforce Fighter Aircraft that may be deployed as a standoff missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI.

Nirbhay: India’s Subsonic Cruise Missile

Nirbhay missile is India’s First indigenously missile system developed by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). It is a subsonic cruise missile designed to be capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads with a precision strike. It is used at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China.

It is a long-range subsonic cruise missile with a range of 1,000 km. The missile is developed with stealth technology which enables the missile to penetrate deep into the enemy territory without being intercepted by enemy radars which helps it avoid detection and enhances its effectiveness in penetrating enemy defenses. It can be launched from various platforms including land, air, and sea, making it a versatile weapon system.

Astra Missile: Devil for Enemy

The Astra missile system is a visual air-to-air missile system developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). It is designed and produced in order to knockout fighter aircraft of the enemy.

Astra Missile can hit the target up to a distance of 70 km, it is built and equipped with active radar which can lock and track the target with high accuracy to destroy the target. Missile has high maneuverability and agility which means it can be operated in different conditions. The missiles can be integrated into various fighter aircraft including the Sukhoi Su-30MKI, MiG-29, and Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.

BARAK 8: Joint Venture between India-Israel

Barak 8 is a long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) designed and produced to combat the airborne bodies of enemies including aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, and UAVs as well as ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and combat jets. The missile is also known as MR-SAM in India and Devid’s Sling In Israel.

Barak 8 missile has the capability of vertical take-off which means it is more flexible to be deployed on various platforms such as ships, and land-based launchers. The Barak-8 is designed to be highly maneuverable, making it capable of engaging agile and evasive targets. It also allows network-centric operation which helps to study overall situation awareness.


So far, we have discussed the Deadliest Missiles of the Indian Armed Forces, we hope this blog post has given you an idea of the Deadliest missile of India And how they are shaping India’s future of defense and Technology.

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Which is the fastest missile in the world?

BrahMos is the fastest missile in the world.

Which missile from India has the longest Range?

Agni-V (Currently) has the longest range of about 5,000km to 8,000km. In the future, Agni-VI is supposed to surpass Agni-V.

Which missile is called Indian Patriot?

Akash Missile is known as Indian Patriot.

Who is the father of Indian Missile?

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam is known as the father of the Indian Missile.

Who is hailed as the Missile woman of India?

 Tessy Thomas is an Indian Scientist known as the Missile Woman of India.

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