India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-I missile

Saturday, July 14, 2012
Agni-I successfully launched
Bhubaneswar: India on Friday successfully test-fired it’s indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile from the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island in Odisha.

The missile has strike range of 700 km away and can carry a one tonne nuclear warhead.

Indigenously developed by DRDO the missile is already in the arsenal of Indian Armed Forces and was launched by the Strategic Forces Command as part of training exercise to ensure preparedness. 

Amongst those who were witnessed the launch were DRDO chief VK Saraswat and chief controller (missiles and strategic systems) Avinash Chander. 

Dr Saraswat congratulated all the Scientists and employees of DRDO and the Armed forces for the successful launch. 

Defence Minister A. K. Antony has congratulated the DRDO team on the successful launch of Agni I. 

Already inducted in the Army, Agni-I was first test fired in January 25, 2002. Since then DRDO has conducted several trials of the missile. It is meant to bridge the gap between indigenously built short-range missile Prithvi and Agni-II that has a range of 2000 km.

Notably, the test of Agni-I comes after the successful launch of 5,000-km range Agni-V on April 19.
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