India has successfully test-fired the indigenously built nuclear-capable Agni-I missile from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha.
- The surface-to-surface missile capable of hitting targets up to 700 km away was fired from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) as part of Strategic Forces Command (SFC) training exercise.
Missile Designer – Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
Manufacturer – Bharat Dynamics Limited
Unit cost – Rs 250-350 million
About Agni – I missile
- Agni-I missile has already been inducted into the armed forces.
- The missile can carry both conventional and nuclear payload of about 1,000 kg.
- It was first launched on 25 January 2002 and can be fired from road and rail mobile launchers.
- The last trial of Agni-I conducted in September 2014 was also successful.
Agni-I is a medium-range ballistic missile developed by DRDO of India under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program. It is a single-stage missile developed after the Kargil War to fill the gap between 250 km range of Prithvi-II and 2,500 km range of Agni-II.
- It was first launched on January 25, 2002 from a road mobile launcher at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Wheeler Island