India successfully test-fires Agni-I ballistic missile

  • Agni-I missile was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range on the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast by the Strategic Forces of Command (SFC).
  • The missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead weighing 500 kg.
  • In this mission, it carried a dummy warhead.
  • The DRDO designed and developed the Agni-I, which is a single stage missile that weighs 12 tonnes and is 15 metres long. It has a range of 750 km.
  • The entire flight lasted about 10 minutes, with the missile reaching its targeted area in the Bay of Bengal.
  • The trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and naval ships from its launch till it hit the target area with accuracy.
  • Agni-I is equipped with a navigation system which ensures that it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
  • The missile, which has already been inducted into the armed forces, has proved its excellent performance in terms of range, accuracy and lethality. The last trial of Agni-I was conducted successfully on March 14, 2016 from the same base.

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