India successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable Agni A1-06 strategic ballistic missile on Thursday from the test range at Wheeler Island off Odisha coast, about 200 km east of Bhubaneswar.
"The missile reached the target point in the Bay of Bengal," said SP Dash, director, Integrated Test Range of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO). It was tracked by radar and telemetry stations located along the coastline. Two naval ships located near the target point tracked the missile in the last phase of its flight, he said.
The missile, having a strike range of 700 km, was launched as part of the army's user trial. It can carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead and is meant to bridge the gap between Prithvi and Agni II, which have ranges of 250 km and 2,500 km.
The first Agni 1 was launched in 2002. Weighing 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I, which can carry payloads up to 1000 kg, has already been inducted into the army.