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“The surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast at night. The maiden night trial of the missile was successful,” sources said.
The Agni-I, with a range of 700 to 1,250 km, is a single stage, solid fuel, road and rail mobile, medium-range ballistic missile for use by the Indian Army.
India is among the top importers of weapons and military equipment, buying some $12.7 billion in arms during 2007-2011, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier this month proposed a global convention on ‘no-first use’ of nuclear weapons as it could lead to elimination of atomic arsenal.
“If all states possessing nuclear weapons recognise that if this is so (nuclear weapons are only for deterrence) and are prepared to declare it, we can quickly move to the establishment of global no-first use norm,” he said in New Delhi.
TBP and Agencies