IN­DIAN ARMY CON­DUCTS NEW AGNI-I USER TRIAL

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The In­dian Army’s Strate­gic Forces Com­mand (SFC) has suc­cess­fully car­ried out a new user trial of the nu­clear-ca­pa­ble Agni-I bal­lis­tic mis­sile from the launch com­plex-IV of the in­te­grated test range (ITR) at Wheeler Is­land, off the Orissa coast. Car­ried out with lo­gis­tic sup­port from the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO), the test­ing used a ran­domly se­lected a mis­sile from the pro­duc­tion lot and was aimed at re­con­firm­ing the tech­ni­cal parame­tres set for the army. A se­nior DRDO of­fi­cial in­formed the me­dia that the solid pro­pel­lant-pow­ered mis­sile was launched from a road mo­bile launcher and landed near the pre-des­ig­nated tar­get in the Bay of Ben­gal with a dou­bledigit ac­cu­racy, fol­low­ing a 10-minute flight. An on­board com­puter and the in­er­tial nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem (INS) guided the mis­sile to its tar­get, while ad­vanced radar and teleme­try sta­tions lo­cated along the coast­line, along­side a down-range ship sta­tioned near the tar­get point, tracked the mis­sile’s tra­jec­tory dur­ing the ter­mi­nal phase of the flight. Com­ment­ing on launch, ITR Di­rec­tor M.V.K.V. Prasad said: “The test-fire of the bal­lis­tic mis­sile was fully suc­cess­ful.”

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