Indigenously developed Agni-I test fired successfully

Intermediate range ballistic missile Agni-I, which is capable of carrying nuclear warheads, was successfully test fired today from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.

Developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Agni-I is a surface-to-surface, single-stage missile, which is capable of hitting a target 700 kms away.

Weighing 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I, is designed to carry a payload of more than one tonne.

It was test-fired from a mobile launcher at 9.15 a.m. from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island).

According to reports, Agni-I has a sophisticated navigation system, which enables it to reach the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.

Agni-I was developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program. It is a single-stage missile 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, Odisha.