Odisha, November 22: India successfully test-fired an indigenously built nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile from a test-range off the Odisha coast today.
The surface-to-surface missile, powered by solid propellants, was test-fired from a mobile launcher at 10.10 am from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island), Defense officials said. The launch of the intermediate range single-stage missile was “part of training exercise by Strategic Forces Command of Indian Army”, they added.
Agni-I is a medium-range ballistic missile developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme. It is a single-stage missile developed after the Kargil War to fill the gap between 250 km range of Prithvi-II and 2,500 km range of Agni-II. Agni-I was developed by a premier missile development laboratory of DRDO in collaboration with Defense Research Development Laboratory and Research Centre Imarat and integrated by Bharat Dynamics Ltd, Hyderabad.
Agni-I missile is equipped with a sophisticated navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision. Weighing 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I is designed to carry a payload of more than one tonne. Its strike range can be extended by reducing the payload.
On Monday, India successfully test fired two Prithvi-II missiles, which have a strike range of 350 km and are capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads. The tests are being performed as a part of India’s plan to conduct three nuclear-capable missile tests in three days.