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Agni-I missile successfully test-fired

Last updated on: December 1, 2011 11:25 IST

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India on Thursday successfully test-fired its nuclear capable Agni-I strategic ballistic missile, with a strike range of 700 km, as part of the Army's user trial from the test range at Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.

"The indigenously developed surface-to-surface, single-stage missile, powered by solid propellants, was test fired from a mobile launcher at about 9.25 am from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range," defence sources said.

Describing the trial as successful, a senior official said it met the mission objectives.


Image: Soldiers roll out the Agni missile during rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi
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The Strategic Force Command of the Army, as part of their training exercise, executed the trial with logistic support provided by Defence Research Development Organisation at the ITR, a DRDO official said.

Agni-I missile has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy, 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.



Image: Soldiers stand beside the Agni missile during a media briefing
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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.

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 November 25, 2010 from the same base.

Since the missile has already been inducted into the armed forces, it is important to conduct user trials for training of defence personnel and improvement of their skills, sources said.


Image: A file photo of nuclear-capable Agni missile taking off
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