India test-fires short-range Agni-I

Himalayan News Service

Balasore, July 4:

India today successfully test-fired a short-range version of the nuclear-capable Agni-I missile from a site in Orissa, defence sources said. The missile, which has a range of about 700 km and can carry a one-tonne warhead, was fired across the Bay of Bengal at 10.10 am from a launch site on Wheeler’s Island, 170 km from Bhubaneswar, the sources said. "It was a routine test to gauge the missile’s accuracy," a source said. The defence sources said scientists had begun preparations for the first test of Agni-III, a variant with a range of over 3,000 km at the same site this month.