India has successfully conducted the night trial of its indigenously developed Agni-I nuclear capable short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) on Oct. 30.
The surface-to-surface missile (SSM) was launched from a mobile launcher at the Launch Pad 4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) located on the Dr Abdul Kalam Island (formerly known as Wheeler Island) off the Odisha coast, at about 8 pm.
The firing of the missile, with a strike range of over 700 km, was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Armed Forces as a part of periodic training activity to consolidate operational readiness.
The night trial of Agni-I was first conducted in April 2014, said sources.
Agni-I is a single stage, solid fuel, road and rail mobile, short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) developed by India under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP).
Weighing around 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I can carry payloads up to 1,000 kg and is capable of hitting a target beyond 700 km. The missile is capable of carrying conventional as well as nuclear warheads.
The missile was developed by the Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) in collaboration with the Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) and the Research Centre Imarat (RCI). All the laboratories are under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). DRDO is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
The missile is integrated at the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Hyderabad.