Important Missiles of India

Defence Exams, which are also the most competitive exams in India include many topics and one of the major topics asked in it is Important Missiles of India and it has been frequently asked. Apart from the exams point of view, it is important to be aware of our Missiles in India, if one aspires to be in defence forces of india.

In this article, you will find the complete guide on List of Important Missiles of India, its categories and few of the important facts related to it.

Different Categories of Important Missiles of India:

  • Surface-To-Air Missiles
  • Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles
  • Air-to-air missiles
  • Anti-Tank Missile
  • Cruise Missiles
  • Surface-to-surface missiles
  • Defence Missile

Important facts related to Missiles in India

  1. India is the first nuclear weapons country to have a no first use policy.
  2. The Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) was launched in 1983.
  3. This program was launched with an agenda to develop five missile systems in the country – Trishul, Akash, Nag, Prithvi, and Agni-I.
  4. These above missiles are of the intermediate-range surface-to-surface missile.
  5. Tessy Thomas who is an Indian scientist and Director General of Aeronautical Systems and the former Project Director for Agni-IV missile in Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) is known as the ‘Missile Woman’ of India.
  6. Prithvi was the first Indian single staged liquid-fuelled surface-to-surface Missile.
  7. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is the organization responsible for the military’s research and development.
  8. Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is also known as the “Missile Man of India”
  9. Prithvi was the first missile to be built by India.
  10. BrahMos, the world’s fastest cruise missile is developed jointly by India & Russia and named after two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.
Indian MissilesTypeRange
AstraAir to Air Missiles Radar homing
beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile
60 to
80 Km
K-100Air to Air Missiles Medium Range300 to
400 Km
NagAnti Tank Missile4 Km
Helina (Helicopter Launched Nag)Anti Tank Missile7 to
8 Km
Ashwin Ballistic Missile Interceptor or Advanced Air Defense (AAD)Anti-Tank Missile150+ Km
NirbhaySubsonic Cruise Missile1,000 to
1,500 Km
BrahMosCruise Missile Fastest Cruise Missile in the World
Supersonic cruise Missile
290 Km
BrahMos IICruise Missile Hypersonic cruise Missile300 Km
BrahMos ACruise Missile
BrahMos MCruise Missile290 Km
BrahMos NGCruise Missile290 Km
Prithvi Air Defense (PAD)Defense Missile Exo-atmospheric
Anti-ballistic missile
80 Km
Altitude
Advanced Air DefenceDefense Missile Endo-atmospheric
Anti-ballistic missile
30 Km
Altitude
Prithvi
Defense
Vehicle
(PDV)
Defense Missile Exo –atmospheric Anti-ballistic missile120
Altitude
AkashSurface to Air Missile
Medium range surface to air Missile.
30 to
35 Km
Barak 8Surface to Air Missile
Long range surface to air Missile.
100 Km
TrishulSurface to Air Missile Low level surface to air Missile.0.5 Km to
9 Km
Pradyumna Ballistic Missile Interceptor or Prithivi Air Defense (PAD)Surface to Air Missile300 to
2,000 Km
Agni ISurface to Surface Air Missile Medium Range Ballistic Missile700 to
1250 Km
Agni IISurface to Surface Air
Missile 
Intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM)
2,000 to
3,000 Km
Agni IIISurface to Surface Air Missile
Intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM)
3,500 to
5,000 Km
Agni IVSurface to Surface Air Missile
Intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM)
3,000 to
4,000 Km
Agni VSurface to Surface Air Missile
Intercontinental ballistic missile
5,000 to
8,000 Km
Agni VISurface to Surface Air Missile
Four-stage intercontinental ballistic missile
8,000 to
12,000 Km
Prithvi ISurface to Surface Air Missile
Short Range Ballistic Missile (Tactical)
150 Km
Prithvi IISurface to Surface Air
Missile 
Short Range Ballistic Missile (Tactical)
350 Km
Prithvi IIISurface to Surface Air
Missile 
Short Range Ballistic Missile (Tactical)
350 to600 Km
DhanushSurface to Surface Air Missile Short Range Ballistic Missile (Tactical)350 – 600 km
Prahaar (Pragati)Surface to Surface Air Missile Short Range Ballistic Missile (Tactical)150 km
ShauryaSurface to Surface Air Missile Medium-Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM)750 to
1900Km
Sagarika (K15)Submarine Launched Ballistic
Missile
700 to
1900Km
K4Submarine Launched Ballistic
Missile
3,500 to
5,000 Km
K5Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile6,000 Km

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