India successfully test fires n-capable Agni-I ballistic missile

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 6 Feb 2018 5:43 AM GMT

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India successfully test fires n-capable Agni-I missile off Odisha coast
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Bhubaneswar: India successfully test fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range off the Odisha coast.

The Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army conducted the user trial of the 700 km range missile from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island in Balasore.

It was 18th version of Agni-I, which could achieve all parameters within the stipulated time period, said defence sources.

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According to the sources, the missile was inducted into service in 2004.

The surface-to-surface, single-stage missile, powered by solid propellants, was launched as part of a regular training exercise by the armed forces, said the defence sources.

The trial reconfirms the Army's readiness to fire it at short notice, the sources added.

The Agni-I missile has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.

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ABOUT AGNI-I BALLISTIC MISSILE

  • It processes a range of 700 kilometres.
  • Agni-I is the first missile of the country’s most ambitious Agni series designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The missile is powered by both solid and liquid propellants which imparts it a speed of 2.5 km per second.
  • Agni-I, having a height of 15 metres, can be launched from both road and rail mobile launchers.
  • The missile weighs around 12 tonnes and can carry both conventional and nuclear payload of about 1000 kg.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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