The Indian Ministry of Defense has announced the successful test of the medium range missile Agni 1 from Launch Complex – IV (LC-IV), Wheelers Island in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday.
A statement issued by the ministry said the launch took place at 1020 hours local time and that ‘the missile followed the trajectory in a copybook style and reached the designated target in the Bay of Bengal’.
“Radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along the coast tracked and monitored all the health parameters. Ships located near the target area witnessed the terminal event,” said the statement.
The launch, which was carried out by India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) as a user exercise, was overseen by J Chattopadhyay, the Project Director and other DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization) scientists. The Scientific Adviser to the Indian Defense Minister, Dr. VK Saraswat, Program Director, Avinash Chander, Director ITR (Integrated Test Range), SP Dash were also present at the launch.