A night trial of India’s indigenously developed nuclear-capable Agni-1 ballistic missile with a strike range of 700 km was successfully conducted today from a test range off Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the Army.
The launch of the surface-to-surface missile was undertaken as a part of periodic training activity by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) from Dr Abdul Kalam Island to consolidate operational readiness. Describing the trial as successful, they said all mission objectives were met during the test.
The trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and naval ships from its launch till the missile hit the target area with accuracy. The sleek single-stage missile, powered by solid propellants, was launched at about 8 pm from a mobile launcher from launch pad 4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR). Agni-I missile has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
The missile, which has already been inducted in to Armed Forces has proved its excellent performance in terms of range, accuracy and lethality. Weighing 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I, which can carry payloads up to 1000 kg, has already been inducted into the Indian Army.