Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile Agni-I Test-Fired Successfully

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agni-I-test-fireJuly 13, Balasore: India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile, with a strike range of 700 km, as part of the Army’s user trial from a test range at Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.

It is the first trial of the Agni series of missiles after the much-celebrated success of the maiden test of 5000-km range Agni-V missile in April. Defence sources said the indigenously built missile would be fired from the Wheeler Island test facility in Bhadrak district.

“As the missile has already been inducted in the Indian Army, the test will be conducted by the Army personnel. This will be a limited stock production (LSP) test of Agni-I, which has been randomly selected from a bunch of missiles after production,” a source at the defense base in Chandipur said on Thursday.

The surface-to-surface, single-stage missile, powered by solid propellants, was test-fired from a mobile launcher at about 1010 hrs from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island, about 100 km from here, defense sources said.

“The trial of the sophisticated missile with a strike range of 700 km was successful,” a defense scientist said.

Describing the launch as a routine user’s trial by the strategic force command of Indian Army, he said the main objective was to train the user team to launch the missile.

Agni-I missile has a specialized navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision, he said.

The trajectory of the missile, which has an operational strike range of 700 km, was tracked by sophisticated radars and electro-optic telemetry stations located along the sea coast and ships positioned near the impact point in the downrange area.
Weighing 12 tonnes, the 15-meter-long Agni-I, which can carry payloads up to 1000 kg, has already been inducted into the Indian Army.

Agni-I was developed by advanced systems laboratory, the premier missile development laboratory of the DRDO in collaboration with Defence Research Development Laboratory and Research Centre Imarat and integrated by Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad.
The last trial of the Agni-I missile was successfully carried out on December 1, 2011, from the same base.

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