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India flight tests Agni-1 missile

Posted on Dec 12, 06:02PM | IBNS

One of the Missile Units of Strategic Forces Command (SFC) fired the long range Agni-1 missile from the range facility at Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast on Wednesday.

"The trajectory of the missile which was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, observation stations and Naval Ships, fully met the tasked technical parameters," said the Ministry of Defence in a statement.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed medium range ballistic missile from the production lot was launched as part of regular training exercise by the armed forces from the range located at Wheeler Island.

The Agni missile is equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system and guided by an innovative guidance system. The improved Circular Error of Probability (CEP) achieved is a testimony to the efficacy of this missile system.

An SFC spokesman said, "Such launches, as part of our training schedule, fully validates the crew's operational readiness to undertake launches in diverse operational conditions, as also the reliability factor of our missile systems developed indigenously."

The launch was witnessed by Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, SA to RM, DG DRDO and Secretary, Deptt of Defence R and D, Shri AvinashChander, Distinguished Scientist, Program Directer Agni and Chief controller (Missiles and Strategic Systems), DR V G Sekhran, Director ASL and top brass of the Strategic Forces Command.

Saraswat congratulated the Armed Forces and all the DRDO personnel for the successful flight test.