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India successfully test-fires nuclear capable Agni-I missile

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Bhubaneswar: India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-I from Dr Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast.

Agni-I, the first missile of the Agni series powered by both solid and liquid propellants, can travel at a speed of 2.5 km per second and destroy targets nearly 700 kilometres away.

The user trial of the missile was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army. Senior officials of the Indian Army and Director of Agni Project Tessy Thomas were among those present during the user trial.

Agni missile was first test-fired on January 25, 2002.

Agni-I can be blasted off from both road and rail mobile launchers. The missile weighs around 12 tonnes and can carry both conventional and nuclear payload of about 1000 kg. (ANI)