Balasore, March 14: The indigenously-built nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile was test fired off Odisha's coast as part of a user trial by the army. The surface to surface, single stage missile is powered by solid propellants and can hit targets 700 kilometers away.
The trial was a huge success, said an Army official. The sophisticated missile covered a distance of 700 kilometers in 9 minutes and 36 seconds.
"The launch was undertaken as a part of periodic training activity by SFC to further consolidate operational readiness," the official added.
The trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and naval ships from its launch till the missile hit the target area with accuracy, officials said.
The missile, which has been inducted into armed forces, proved its performance in terms of range, accuracy and lethality.
Agni-I was designed and developed by Agni-I was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory, which is a premier missile development laboratory of DRDO, in collaboration with the Defence Research Development Laboratory and Research Centre Imarat. It was integrated by Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad.