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Agni-I a success




The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army launched the Agni-I missile from the Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast, on Friday.
The flight was a success with the missile travelling its full range of 700 km. The practice launch took place at 10.06 a.m. with Agni-I lifting off from a road mobile launcher (a modified TATRA truck) stationed at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on the Wheeler Island and the missile sped towards its targeted area in the Bay of Bengal. It followed its path perfectly guided by onboard computers. The missile’s re-entry systems worked well and it plunged into the targeted area with accuracy.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) designed and developed Agni-I. The Army has already deployed this short-range missile which can carry nuclear warheads.
An elated V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, told The Hindu from the Wheeler Island, that all the Agni missiles — Agni-I, II, III, IV and V, developed by the DRDO, “are flying high.” The DRDO launched Agni-V with a range of more than 5,000 km in April this year and the DRDO was back to launching Agni-I now, he said.
“All Agni missiles are performing well. Their production systems are working on schedule and the user [the Army] is conversant with the exercise of the launch. They have done a superb job today. The Strategic Forces Command has mastered the technology of launching the missile to a high degree of perfection,” said Dr. Saraswat, who is the DRDO Director-General and a missile technologist himself.
“As the designer and developer of Agni missiles, the DRDO is elated,” Dr. Saraswat said. As many Agni missiles as are required would be produced and delivered to the user, he added.
Avinash Chander, Chief Controller (Missiles and Strategic Systems), DRDO, who was the Mission Director, described it as a textbook launch, with the mission meeting all its objectives. Radars installed along the coast kept a tab on Agni-I. Cameras on board two ships stationed near the targeted area recorded the terminal event of the missile’s flight. The missile was drawn from the production lot.

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