Agni-I is the first missile in the country's most ambitious Agni series. The surface-to-surface missile can destroy targets nearly 700 km away.The Agni-I is an antiquated short-range and ballistic missile in the Agni series.
Compared to its longer-range cousins, its height is just 15 metres and it is powered by both solid and liquid propellants, which impart it a speed of 2.5 km per second.This missile was first test-fired on January 25, 2002 and since then several trials have been conducted.
According to defence sources, Agni-I can be blasted off from both road and rail mobile launchers.
The missile weighs around 12 tonnes and can carry both conventional and nuclear payload of about 1000 kg.
The DRDO had launched the Agni project in 1983 as part of the country's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and the first test flight of the Agni series was conducted on May 22, 1989 when the 2000-km range Agni-II was used for the test.