India has successfully test-fired its indigenously built nuclear-capable intermediate range Agni-I ballistic missile, capable of hitting a target 700 kms away, from a test range off Odisha coast by the Army.
The trial, which formed part of training exercise by the Strategic Forces Command of Indian Army, was fully successful, a defence official said.
The surface-to-surface, single-stage missile, powered by solid propellants, was test-fired from a mobile launcher at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island).
The sophisticated missile covered 700 km distance within 9 minutes and 36 seconds.
“The launch was undertaken as a part of periodic training activity by SFC to further consolidate operational readiness,” the official said.
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, they said.
Agni-I missile is equipped with sophisticated navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
The missile, which has already been inducted into armed forces, has proved its excellent performance in terms of range, accuracy and lethality, the sources said.
Its strike range can be extended by reducing the payload.
The last trial of Agni-I, conducted on 27 November 2015 from the same base, was also successful.