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India successfully test-fires nuclear capable Agni-I


Agencies, Balasore India’s first intermediate range ballistic missile ‘Agni’ was successfully test fired from the Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha coast this morning. The test fire of the surface-to-surface Missile, described as Agni I variant, was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army at 0835 hours from launch complex 4 of the Abdul Kalam Island. The two-stage Agni incorporates a slightly modified Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle(ASLV) design in its second stage. Agni I missile has a short range of around 650 kms. The surface-to-surface Agni-missile, a key delivery system in India’s nuclear deterrent profile, could carry a pay load of one tonne . Defence sources said the surface-to-surface missile zoomed into the clear sky as the defence officials watched it from the Abdul Kalam island in the Bay of Bengal. The Agni missile has been described as the Ambitious Integrated Guided Missile Programme (IGMDI) of the Defence Research Development Organisation(DRDO).

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