India today successfully test-fired the Agni-1 ballistic missile for its entire range of 700kms off Wheeler Island, Odisha. The nuclear-capable, solid-propelled, surface-to-surface Agni 1 ballistic missile was projected by the Strategic Forces Command personnel at 0815 hours from a road mobile launcher. DRDO’s (Defence Research and Development Organisation) missile technologists presided over the complete operation, and stamped the mission a success as the required objectives were achieved. The SFC personnel had carried a successful launch of Agni-1 earlier in July this year.
Shortly following its launch, the home-grown missile dropped down close with extreme accuracy to a pre-marked area targetted in the Bay of Bengal.Radars situated along the coast and the naval ship traced its flight path and recorded the final consequence. The 15m tall missile was scooped up from the production lot to conduct test-fires as part of regular SFC personnel exercise. Weighing well at 12 tonnes, Agni-1 is very much capable of bearing a 1-tonne nuclear warhead. This missile was developed after the Kargil conflict when the defence services recognized the necessity of such a variant, and has already been admitted into the Army.