India test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile
Indigenously built nuclear-capable intermediate range Agni-I ballistic missile, capable of hitting a target 700 kms away, was successfully test-fired off the Odisha coast.
Test : The surface-to-surface, single-stage missile, powered by solid propellants, was test-fired from a mobile launcher at 9.15 AM from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) off the Odisha coast.
About Agni I Missile
Agni-I the first missile of the Agni series is a medium-range ballistic missile developed by DRDO of India under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program. It was developed after the Kargil War to fill the gap between 250 km range of Prithvi-II and 2,500 km range of Agni-II. It was first launched on January 25, 2002 from a road mobile launcher at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Wheeler Island.
♦ Developed by : Agni-I was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory, the premier missile development laboratory of DRDO, in collaboration with Defence Research Development Laboratory and Research Centre Imarat and integrated by Bharat Dynamics Ltd, Hyderabad.
♦ Accuracy and precision : The Agni-I missile is equipped with a sophisticated navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
♦ Speed and Range : It is capable of carrying a conventional payload of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) or a nuclear warhead. It can travel at a speed of 2.5 km/s and can destroy targets ranging between 700 and 1250 kms away. It is powered by both solid and liquid propellants and can be fired from road and rail mobile launchers.
The missile, which has already been inducted into the armed forces, has proved its excellent performance in terms of range, accuracy and lethality. The missile is claimed to be a part of the "Minimum Credible deterrence" under No first to use policy.