On a spree to bolster defence and nuclear efficiency, India has been continuously testing new armours and missiles lately. In the latest advancement, today India successfully test-fired Agni – I, a nuclear-capable ballistic missile which will soon be the part of modernising Indian Army.

Military muscle flexing is trending globally among nations of the world, showcasing their defence and attack capabilities and continuously advancing them to prove efficiency and superiority. While it is a known fact that the world is sitting on the edge of a nuclear war that has been developed by us and would swipe us completely from our own homes – nations are still interested in bolstering their armies. And so is India. Days after successful test fire of ‘fire and forget’ Agni-5 missile, today, India successfully test fired its short-range nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-I with a strike range of over 700 km from a test range off the Odisha coast.

The indigenously build surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni – I was tested by the Strategic Force Command of the Indian Army as a part of user trial from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island in Balasore. The state-of-art short range ballistic missile is 18th edition of the maiden Agni-I missile of the Indian army and the user trail by SFC was declared to be ‘completely successful’. The entire trajectory of missile trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and naval ships right from its launch till the missile hit the target area with pin point accuracy. The SFC declared that Agni-I has met all mission objectives during the test with perfection.

The 18th edition of Agni-I is developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) in collaboration with the Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) and the Research Centre Imarat (RCI). Agni-I weighs around 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I can carry payloads up to 1,000 kg and is capable of hitting a target beyond 700 km. Capable of carrying nuclear warheads, Agni-I is loaded with sophisticated equipment including a solid rocket propellant system for precise propulsion and a specialised navigation system that ensures that the missile reaches the intended target with a high degree of precision.

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