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Agni-I ballistic missile test fired

Sharpening its missile prowess, India on Wednesday successfully test fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile with a strike range of 700 km from a test range off Odisha coast.

The surface-to-surface missile was test fired from a mobile launcher from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Wheeler Island, about 100 km from here, defence sources said.

Describing the test as successful, ITR Director MVKV Prasad said, “It was a practice trial conducted by the Strategic Force Command of the Indian Army.”

Agni-I, a single-stage missile powered by solid propellants, has a specialised navigation system which ensures that it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision, a defence scientist said. The 15-metre-long Agni-I is capable of carrying payloads up to 1000 kg and has already been inducted into the Indian Army.


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