Indian Army Test Fires Agni-1 Missile

29 March 2010 (Last Updated March 29th, 2010 18:30)

The Indian Army has successfully test fired the indigenously developed, nuclear-capable, short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) Agni-1 from the integrated test range (ITR) at Wheeler Island off the Orissa coast. ITR director SP Dash said the test fire of the Agni-I missile met all paramete

The Indian Army has successfully test fired the indigenously developed, nuclear-capable, short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) Agni-1 from the integrated test range (ITR) at Wheeler Island off the Orissa coast.

ITR director SP Dash said the test fire of the Agni-I missile met all parameters, according to Times Of India.

During the test launch, the surface-to-surface, single-stage missile was launched from a rail mobile launcher.

A defence official from the launch site said that after piercing the sky, the missile re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and its dummy warhead impacted in the waters of the Bay of Bengal.

The guidance and re-entry system worked well, the official added.

The launch operation was carried out by the Strategic Force Command of the Indian Army with the necessary logistic support being provided by the Defence Research Development Organisation at ITR.

The 15m-long Agni-1 weighs 12t and has a payload capacity of up to 1t, and has already been inducted into the Indian Army.