India Successfully Tests N-capable Ballistic Missile Agni-I


Bhubaneswar: India on Tuesday successfully test fired its short-range nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-I from a test range off the Odisha coast, defence sources said.

The missile, which can strike a target 700 km away, was launched as a part of a periodic training activity by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the army to consolidate operational readiness from a mobile launcher at Pad 4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at the Dr Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island, near Dhamra in Bhadrak district, 170 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, sources said.

“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 pin point accuracy,” sources said.

The missile weighs 12 tonnes and can carry payloads up to 1,000 kg. The missile is also capable of carrying nuclear warheads.