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India test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile

India test-fired the nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile on Tuesday, which can hit a target 700km away, reported Times of India.

As per TOI report, the test was conducted as part of a training exercise by Strategic Forces Command of Indian Army.

According to the defence official, “The surface-to-surface missile, powered by solid propellants, was test-fired from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island.”

The official while declaring the test as ‘successful,’ added that the launch of the intermediate range single-stage missile was undertaken as periodic training activity by SFC to further consolidate operational readiness.

The Agni-I missile is said to be equipped with a sophisticated navigation system which allows it to reach a target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.

Officials claim that Agni-I, weighing 12 tonnes, was designed to carry a payload of more than one tonne. Its strike range can be extended by reducing the payload.