Sunday, March 23, 2008

DRDO tests nuclear-capable Agni-I missile

India today successfully test-fired its all solid-fuel 700-900 km range nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-I missile.

The missile was launched from a mobile launcher at the integrated test range at the Wheelers' Island, a defence base in the Bay of Bengal on Orissa coast near here, at 1015 hours.

The test met all its parameters, Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists said.

This was the second user trial of the precision target hitting missile to test its "operational readiness," the scientists said. The last trial was conducted on October 5, 2007 from the same launch site.

Agni-I is the first and only solid-fuel missile in the armoury of the Indian armed forces and has been inducted into service. DRDO carries out two tests of each missile every year.

The indigenously-built sleek missile is 15 metres tall, weighs about 12 tonne and is capable of carrying both conventional as well as nuclear warheads of 1,000 kg.

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