The Indian Army’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) has successfully test-fired the indigenously built short-range Agni-1 missile from Wheeler’s Island, off the Odisha Coast.
Propelled by solid rocket propellant system, the nuclear capable surface-to-surface missile was tested for its full strike range of 700km and was carrying a total payload mass of 1,100kg.
SFC carried out the launch as part of a periodic training exercise to further consolidate operational readiness.
Sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and naval ships tracked the trajectory of the missile until it hit the target area with pin-point accuracy.
The single-stage, road and rail-mobile Agni-1 features a specialised navigation system, which helps the missile to reach target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
Agni-I is designed to bridge the gap between the indigenously built short-range Prithvi and medium-range Agni-II.
Powered by both solid and liquid propellants, the 15m-long missile weighs around 12t and is capable of carrying a combined conventional and nuclear payload of nearly one tonne.
The missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear payloads at a speed of 2.5km/s.
The Agni-I was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP) in collaboration with Defence Research Development Laboratory and Research Centre Imarat, and integrated by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
In April, the Indian Army launched the last trial of the Agni-I missile from the same base.
Image: The Agni-I ballistic missile launching from a test range at Wheeler Island, Odisha Coast. Photo: courtesy of DRDO.