Abdul Kalam Island

Dr. Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island, is an island off the coast of Odisha, India, approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) east of the state capital Bhubaneswar. The island was originally named after English commandant Lieutenant Hugh Wheeler. On 4 September 2015, the island was renamed to honour the late Indian president, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.[2][3][4] The Integrated Test Range missile testing facility is located on the island, and serves as the test facility for most of India's missiles such as the Akash, Agni, Astra, BrahMos, Nirbhay, Prahaar, Prithvi, Shaurya Missile, Advanced Air Defence, Prithvi Air Defence, and ASAT missiles.[5]

Dr. Abdul Kalam Island
Dr. Abdul Kalam Island
Location of Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha, India
Geography
LocationBay of Bengal
Coordinates20.75804°N 87.085533°E / 20.75804; 87.085533
Area390 acres (160 ha)
Length2 km (1.2 mi)
Administration
StateOdisha
DistrictBhadrak district[1]

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