The handout photograph released by the Indian Defence Public Relations (DPR) shows an AGNI-I ballistic missile launched from Wheeler island off the coast of the eastern India state of Odisha on July 13, 2012.
India has test fired a long-range ballistic missile capable of carrying payloads up to 1,000 kilograms from a military base off the country's eastern coast of Odisha.
"The test-firing of the missile, with a strike range of 700 kilometers, took place at 10:10 a.m. (local time). The test-firing has been successful and the missile has achieved its target. The test-firing took place from the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island,” Indian sources said on Friday.
Agni-I is a single-stage, solid fuel surface-to-surface missile which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
The missile is 14.8 meters long, 1.3 meters in diameter and weighs 12 tons.
Already inducted in the Indian army, Agni-I has been developed by the state-owned Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and was commissioned in 2002.
The successful test of Agni-I comes after the successful launch of the 5,000-km range Agni-V on April 19, 2012.
Agni-V, a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile, is capable of carrying a 1.5-ton nuclear warhead and has also been locally developed.
The Agni (meaning "fire" in Hindi and Sanskrit) in one of the country's most sophisticated weapons.
In 2010, India successfully test-fired Agni-II missile, with a range of over 2,000 km (1,250 miles).
Nuclear-capable India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars -- two over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir -- routinely carry out missile tests but normally notify each other in advance under an agreement.
Both neighbors have refused to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and other treaties that restrict developing or testing nuclear weapons.
Relations between the two countries have been rocky over the past decades.