An indigenously developed short-range nuclear capable ballistic Agni-1 was successfully test-fired today at 8:30 am from a mobile launcher at Pad 4 of the Integrated Test Range at Odisha's Dr Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island.
After the successful trial of Agni-I, the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) is all set to conduct a fresh user trial of Prithvi-II missile on Wednesday. The Agni-I was sacked at 8:30 a.m. local time from a transporter erector launcher.
The ideal test launch came after successful trial of Agni-5 on January 18 and Agni-1 missile conducted from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast yesterday.
In salvo mode, on November 21, 2016, two missiles were successfully test fired in quick succession from the same base and the last trial was successful on June 2, 2017 from the same base. The Agrni the first missile of the country's most ambitious Agni series designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Less than 75 launchers are deployed. The game-changer Agni-V having a strike range of over 5,000 km was test-fired on January 18. India is estimated to possess 120-130 nuclear warheads.
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.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. India has reportedly also been working on multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV) for the Agni-V in order to ensure a credible second-strike capability.
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