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India Successfully Test Fires Nuclear-Capable Agni-1 Missile With Range Over 700 km

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| February 6 , 2018 , 12:53 IST

India successfully test fired its short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-1 with a strike range of over 700 km from a test range on Tuesday. The missile launch was done from the Abdul Kalam Island near Balasore on the Odisha coast.

The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) launched the indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile as a part of a periodic training activity conducted by them.

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Defence sources said, "the state-of-the-art missile was launched around 8.30 am from a mobile launcher at Pad 4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at the Dr Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island."

While providing the details of the trial the defence sources called it a "complete success", and said that all the mission objectives were met during the test.

"The trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and naval ships right from its launch till the missile hit the target area with pin point accuracy," they said.

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The trial reconfirms the Army's readiness to fire it at short notice.

Agni-I tested on Tuesday is reportedly the 18th version of Agni-I, which could achieve all parameters within the stipulated time period.

The missile was inducted into service in 2004 and is a single-state missile, powered by solid propellants, that can strike ground-to-ground, said the defence sources.

The Agni-I missile has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.

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The 15-metre-long Agni-I weighing 12 tonne can carry payloads up to 1,000 kg and has roved its excellent performance in terms of range and accuracy. 

On January 18, the nuclear-capable inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) Agni-V was test fired in its final operational configuration with a strike range of 5,000 kilometres.