India successfully conducted night trial of Agni-I ballistic missile
India has successfully carried out night user trial of Agni-I short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile. The test flight was conducted by Indian Army’s Strategic Forces Command off Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of the Indian state of Odisha. The test was second known nighttime trial of Agni-I since its first such successful test in April 2014. The missile with a strike range of beyond 700 km has a specialized navigation system. It has already been inducted in the Indian Army.
About Agni-I missile
- Agni-I is the short-range nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile. It is the first missile of the Agni series launched in 1983. It was developed by the premier missile development laboratory of DRDO in collaboration with Defence Research Development Laboratory and Research Centre Imarat and integrated by Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad.
- It weighs 12 tonnes and is 15-meter-long. It is designed to carry the payload of more than one tonne (both conventional and nuclear warhead). It is a single stage missile powered by solid propellants. It can hit a target 700 km away. Its strike range can be extended by reducing the payload. It can be fired from road and rail mobile launchers.
- It is equipped with the sophisticated navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision The missile already has been inducted into armed forces. Since its induction, it has proved its excellent performance in terms of range, accuracy, and lethality. It is also claimed to be a part of India’s minimum credible deterrence under No first to use policy.