Bhubaneswar: India successfully test-fired the indigenously developed short-range and nuclear capable Agni-I (A) ballistic missile from the Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast at 8.30 am on Tuesday. The test has been initiated by the Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army. The Defence sources said that it has been conducted as a part of Army’s regular training exercise.
The user trial of the 700 km range missile has been launched from a mobile launcher at Pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island which is formerly known as ‘Wheeler Island’.
Sources said that the missile was come into service in 2004. The surface-to-surface, single-stage missile powered by solid propellants missile trail reconfirms that the Army’s readiness to fire it at short notice.
The 15-meter long ballistic missile weighs around 12 tonnes and can carry payloads up to 1,000kg. Developed by the Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) and the Research Center Imarat (RCI), Agni-I has a specialized navigation system and can reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
The missile has been integrated by the Bharat Dynamics Limited of Hyderabad. Meanwhile, the last trail was successfully launched earlier on 22 November, 2016 from the same base.