Indian Army test-fires Agni-I ballistic missile


The Indian Army's Strategic Forces Command (SFC) has reportedly test-fired the Agni-I ballistic missile from a test range off the coast of Odisha state.

During the trial, the surface-to-surface missile was launched from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island.

The missile was tracked by radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and naval ships.

"The launch was undertaken as periodic training activity by SFC to further consolidate operational readiness."

The trial follows a similar test-firing conducted from the same base in March, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Indian defence officials were quoted by the PTI as saying that the missile launch was 'part of training exercise by Strategic Forces Command of Indian Army'.

"The launch was undertaken as periodic training activity by SFC to further consolidate operational readiness."

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed the missile, under the integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP).

The 15m-long, single-stage missile is capable of carrying a 1,000kg payload or a nuclear warhead, and can engage targets within a 1,250km range.

In addition to Agni I, the IGMDP has developed the Prithvi, Trishul, Akash and Nag missiles.