Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 27:
Agni-I nuclear capable ballistic missile user trail was conducted from the launch pad 4 off test range Dr Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha today.
The successful trial of the medium range ballistic missile Agni-I was conducted at 10.02 am today, the user trail of the missile was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of Indian Army.
The surface-to-surface missile can destroy targets nearly 700 km away. The missile is only 15 meters and powered by solid and liquid propellants at a speed of 2.5 km per seconds.
The missile, weighs around 12 tonnes and can carry both conventional and nuclear payload of about 1000 kg. It was first launched on January 25, 2002, and can be fired from road and rail mobile launchers.
Senior officials of the Army and Tessy Thomas, Director of Agni Project of Defence Ministry, and senior scientists were present at the island during the user trial.
The DRDO had launched the Agni project in 1983 as Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme in India.