India on Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously-developed nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile, which has a strike range of 700 km.
The test fire of the surface-to-surface missile, as part of the Army’s user trial from a test range at Wheeler Island off the coast of Bay of Bengal in eastern state of Odisha, was done from a mobile launcher at about 10:10am of the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island, defence sources said.
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“The trial of the sophisticated missile with a strike range of 700 km was successful,” reports our New Delhi correspondent quoting a defence scientist.
Agni-I missile has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision, he said.
The trajectory of the missile, which has an operational strike range of 700 km, was tracked by sophisticated radars and electro-optic telemetry stations located along the sea coast and ships positioned near the impact point.
Weighing 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I, which can carry payloads up to 1000 kg, has already been inducted into the Indian Army.