An indigenously built short-range nuclear-capable ballistic Agni-1 was successfully test-fired today at 8:30 am from launch Pad 4 of the Integrated Test Range at Odisha’s Dr. Abdul Kalam Island, which was previously known as Wheeler Island. Agni-1 missile which can hit a target 700 km away, was launched as a part of a user trial by Army from a test range off Odisha coast was launched as a part of a periodic training activity by the Strategic Forces Command or SFC of the Indian Army. The surface-to-surface missile is powered by solid propellants, according to defence personnel.
The course of the trial was pursued by a battery of radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and naval ships from the time of its launch till the moment the missile hit the target area with complete accuracy. The Agni-I missile has an advanced navigation system that ensures it reaches the target with high degree of perfection.
According to defence-forces the trial was a “complete success” and all the objectives were met. The missile which is the 18th variant of Agni-I, can achieve all parameters within the stipulated time period, said the proud defence personnel. The Defence Research and Development Organisation or (DRDO) had also successfully tested our country’s longest indigenously built nuclear missile Agni-V on January 18, 2018 and the missile already a part of our armed forces, has shown excellent performance in terms of range and accuracy.
Weighing 12 tonnes and with the length of 15-metre Agni-I is designed to carry a load of more than one tonne. Its strike range can increase by decreasing the payload.
The day was surely a proud moment for all Indians.