New Delhi: India on Monday successfully test-fired nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile in an experiment conducted at Abdul Kalam Island, a strategic test range, off Odisha coast. The move strengthens India’s military position with regard to defence of its borders.
Agni-I is capable of carrying conventional warhead as well as nuclear material of up to 1,000 kilograms. The missile can be used for ground-to-ground and ground-to-air purposes for up to a range of 1,000 kilometres.
The missile will be brought in use by the 334 Missile Group at Secunderabad, under the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army.
Agni-I uses solid propulsion booster and a liquid propulsion upper stage, derived from Prithvi. The strap-down inertial navigation system adopts explicit guidance, which has been attempted for the first time in the world.
It uses all carbon composite structure for protecting payload during its re-entry phase.