India test-fires Agni-I ballistic missile
22 November 2016
India today successfully test-fired its indigenously built nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile, which can hit a target 700 km away, as part of a user trial by Army from a test range off Odisha coast.
The surface-to-surface missile, powered by solid propellants, was test-fired from a mobile launcher at 10.10 AM from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island), defence officials said.
Describing the trial as successful, they said the launch of the intermediate range single-stage missile was "part of training exercise by Strategic Forces Command of Indian Army", they said.
"The launch was undertaken as periodic training activity by SFC to further consolidate operational readiness," they 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 accuracy, they said.
Agni-I missile is equipped with sophisticated navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.