Reported by Rashmi Ranjan Das
Baleswar, Nov 8:
A user trial of the medium-range nuclear capable ballistic missile (MRBM) Agni-I was carried out successfully from launch pad number 4 of Wheeler Island off Odisha coast at 9.30 am this morning, sources in the Defence Research and Development Organisation ( DRDO) said.
The missile covered 900 kms in 10 minutes and met all parameters, DRDO sources said adding it was an A-1 04 version of the missile.
Agni-I, a single-stage missile developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and powered by solid propellants, has a specialized navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army has conducted several user trials of Agni-I missile since 1989 and has already been inducted into Indian Army’s arsenal.
Weighing 12 tones, the 15 meter long and 1 meter wide Agni-I is capable of carrying payloads – both conventional and nuclear- up to 1,000 kg has a strike range of 700 to 1000 km.
Agni-1 was first tested at the Interim Test Range ( ITR ) in Chandipur in 1989 and was tested successfully last time on 12 December 2012 from Wheeler Island.
DRDO also plans to user trial of another missile of the Agni series next month, said a source at the ITR, Chandipur.