Odisha, February 17, Abhijit Saha: User trial of an Agni series missile Agni-I will be conducted by the armed forces during night tomorrow. It would be India’s first historic night trial of Agni-I ballistic missile and will be carried out from Wheelers Island off the Odisha coast. It would be test-fired between 7 pm and 8 pm said by the sources.
An attempt was made to fire Agni-II in the evening in 2009, when it had ended in a failure as the missile could not meet the mission parameters. First test-fired on 25th January 2002, the missile has been undergoing several trials since then. Agni-I is designed to bridge the gap between short range missile Prithvi deployed in the army and medium range Agni-II.
The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army is slated to conduct the much awaited evening trial of 700-km plus range surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-I with logistic support from the DRDO from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast.
The defence officials are in fear that the downpour triggered by an anti-cyclonic system developed in northwest Bay of Bengal may prove a dampener. The Agni series missile has been experiencing rainfall since Saturday night and the forecast has been that rain and thunder shower may occur in next 24 hours. They said that if they get a favourable dry weather on Tuesday then they can fire the missile as per the schedule.
There were considerable improvements in its re-entry technology and manoeuvrability since Agni-I’s first trial the defence officials said. The missile has already been installed in the Army, so this test will reconfirm the technical parameters set for the user.
Agni-I have been randomly selected from a bunch of missiles in the production lot and will be a limited stock production (LSP) series test.
It has a height of 15 metres and is powered by both solid and liquid propellants which imparts it a speed of 2.5 km per second. The missile can carry both conventional and nuclear payload of about 1000 kg and weighs around 12 tonnes.