On 13th July 2012, the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army launched the Agni-I missile from Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast.
The flight was successful as it travelled a full range of 700 km. Its practice launch took place at around 10.00 a.m where the missile went off from a road mobile launcher (a modified TATRA truck) stationed at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on the Wheeler Island. The missile sped towards its targeted area in the Bay of Bengal. Project Director, Agni-I, J. Chattopadhyaya monitored the launch operation.
Agni-I, 15 metres in length and weighing 12 tonnes, was first tested at the Interim Test Range in Chandipur in 1989. It is capable of carrying a conventional payload of about 1,000 kg or a nuclear warhead. It was last tested on 1st December 2011 from the Odisha coast.
Currently, Agni-I is used by the 334 Missile Group at Secunderabad under the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army.