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Dhanush, Agni-1 Missiles Successfully Test-Fired
Dec 03, 2015

Dhanush: India successfully test-fired nuclear weapons-capable Dhanush missile from a ship, off the Odisha coast on November 26. The ship-based missile was launched by Strategic Forces Command (SFC) from an Offshore Patrolling Vessel (OPV), which was deep inside the sea, for its full range of 350 km. It was a perfect mission and the missile splashed down near the target point with high degree of accuracy.

Key Features

  • Dhanush, a manoeuvring missile is a naval variant of Prithvi-II, and can carry a nuclear payload of 500 kg.

  • It can target both land-based and sea-based targets.

  • The missile has already been inducted into the armed services and the SFC personnel randomly picked up the missile from the production lot for this trial, which was carried out as part of regular user training.

  • Dhanush was one of the five missiles developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

Agni-1: India has successfully test-fired its nuclear capable Agni-I strategic ballistic missile with a strike range of 700 kilometres on November 27. The indigenously developed surface-to-surface, single-stage missile, powered by solid propellants, was test fired from a mobile launcher from launch pad-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island).

Key Features

  • Agni-I missile is equipped with sophisticated navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.

  • The missile, which has already been inducted into armed forces, has proved its excellent performance in terms of range, accuracy and lethality.

  • Weighing 12 tonnes, the 15-metre-long Agni-I, is designed to carry a payload of more than one tonne.

  • Its strike range can be extended by reducing the payload.

  • The Agni-I missile is 15 metres tall with one metre diameter and a weight of 12 tonnes.

  • It is a single-stage vehicle powered by solid propellants and can carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead.

  • Agni-I missile has a specialized navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy.

  • The last trial of the Agni-I missile was successfully carried out in November last year.

Although already inducted into the Armed Forces, user trials Agni-1 missile will be executed to keep improving the skills of the defence personnel.

Agni missiles have four variations with missiles ranging from 700 kilometer to the latest 3,500 kilometer-range Agni-IV missile. Basically, the Agni-1 missile is a scaled-down version of Agni-II, which has two stages. Agni-II's first stage was re-configured to become Agni-I intermediate range missile.

The nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), the premier missile development laboratory of the DRDO. The collaborators in this project included Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI) while the missile was integrated by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).


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