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Indian Nuclear-Capable Missile Trial Expected Within Days
India appears set this week to conduct a trial flight of its nuclear-capable Agni 1 ballistic missile from the Integrated Test Range facility at Chandipur, United News of India reported on Tuesday (see GSN, April 12).
The effort is expected on Thursday or Friday, insiders at the Wheeler Island launch installation said, adding metrological developments could affect the timing.
The 49-foot missile has one stage and can hit targets within 435 miles, according to the report. A refined control mechanism guarantees the 12-metric ton, solid-fuel weapon will hit a destination point with significant precision, United News of India said, adding the delivery system can accommodate atomic or non-nuclear payloads as heavy as 1 metric ton.
The Agni 1 missile is presently part of India's active arsenal (United News of India/MissileThreat.com, July 10).
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