India test-fired an indigenously developed nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile with a strike range of 700km on Friday off the Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the army, The Times of India reported. The surface-to-surface, single-stage missile, powered by solid propellants, was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch pad-4 of the integrated test range (ITR) at Wheeler Island. “The test-fire of the ballistic missile was fully successful,” the news report quoted ITR director M V K V Prasad as saying. “The Agni-I missile was launched by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC),” he said, adding the medium-range ballistic missile from the production lot were launched as part of the regular training exercise by the armed forces. The Agni-I missile has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision, Prasad said.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 9th, 2013.