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