India's Strategic Forces Command (SFC) successfully conducted a training launch of the Agni-1 short-range ballistic missile.
The test was conducted off the Odisha coast from APJ Abdul Kalam Island.
A statement released by the Defence Ministry stated, "The user training launch, carried out under the aegis of the Strategic Forces Command, successfully validated all operational and technical parameters."
Agni-1 was first tested in May 1989 under the Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO's) Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP).
The Agni-1 can destroy enemy targets at ranges of more than 700 to 900 kilometers with a payload of more than 1000 kilograms of both conventional and nuclear warheads.
An even more advanced version of the Agni-1 missile, Agni-Prime, is also under development. The missile was first tested in June 2021 and features a two-stage solid-fueled propulsion system, compared to the Agni-1's liquid-fueled propulsion system.
This makes the missile easier to launch and more accurate compared to the earlier liquid-fueled missile systems.
Editorial Associate at Swarajya. Writes on Indian Military and Defence.
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