India on Thursday successfully test-fired nuclear weapons capable ballistic missile, Agni-1 for its full strike range of 700 km from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Wheeler Island, off the Odisha Coast.
The indigenously-developed, single stage missile, powered by solid propellants, was fired by the personnel of the Strategic Force Command (SFC) as part of regular user training.
According to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) sources, the surface-to-surface missile carrying a total payload mass of 1100 kg zeroed in on the pre-designated target in the Bay of Bengal with two-digit accuracy. “It was a fantastic launch. We got the telemetry data till the end of the event,” added the sources.
Scientific advisor to Defence Minister Avinash Chander, DRDO Director-General (Missiles and Strategic Systems) Dr. V.G. Sekaran and other senior DRDO officials witnessed the launch.
The Agni-1 missile was developed by DRDO in a short span of 15 months after the Kargil conflict to meet the requirements of the armed forces for such a class of missile.