India has successfully conducted the test launch of its indigenously developed Agni-I nuclear capable short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) on Feb. 6, 2018.
The test launch was conducted from a mobile launcher at Pad 4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at the Dr Abdul Kalam Island (formerly known as Wheeler Island) off the Odisha coast, at around 8:30 am.
The firing of the surface-to-surface missile (SSM), with a strike range of over 700 km, was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Armed Forces to consolidate operational readiness. It is the 18th test of Agni-I from ITR complex.
The military sources were quoted as saying that the trial was a “complete success” and 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,” the sources confirmed.
The missile, which has already been inducted into the Armed Forces, has proved its performance in terms of range, accuracy and lethality, the sources said.
The last trial of the SRBM was on November 22, 2016 from the same base which was also a successful one.
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.