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India has successfully conducted the night trial of the indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile off the Odisha coast.

The surface-to-surface missile test was test-fired as part of a user-trial from the Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.

Details of the Trial

  • The night trial of the ballistic missile with a strike range of 700 km was first conducted in April 2014.
  • The trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and naval ships from its launch till the missile hit the target area with accuracy.
  • Agni-I missile has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.

About Agni –I

  • Agni-I is a short-range ballistic missile developed by DRDO of India under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
  • It is sleek single-stage missile, powered by solid propellants developed after the Kargil War to fill the gap between 250 km range of Prithvi-II and 2,500 km range of Agni-II.
  • It was first launched on 25 January 2002 from a road mobile launcher at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Wheeler Island.
  • Agni-I was developed by advanced systems laboratory, the premier missile development laboratory of the
  • Weighing 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I, which can carry payloads up to 1000 kg, has already been inducted into the Indian Army.

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