India today successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III missile with a strike range of over 3000 km from the Wheeler Island near Dhamra in Odisha’s Bhadrak district.
The indigenously developed Surface-to-Surface missile, capable of carrying a warhead of 1.5 tonnes protected by a carbon all-composite heat shield, blasted off at 9,55 AM from a mobile launcher at launch complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR), defence sources said.
“The trial was successful and met all the mission objectives,” a defence scientist said.
The launch operation was carried out by strategic forces command of the Indian army with logistic support from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The trajectory of the trial was monitored for data analysis through telemetry stations, electro-optic systems and sophisticated radars located along the coast, and by naval ships anchored near the impact point, the sources said.
Agni-III is powered by a two-stage solid propellant system. With a length of 17 metres, the missile’s diameter is 2 metres and has a launch weight of around 48 tonnes.
The missile is equipped with hybrid navigation, guidance and control systems along with advanced on-board computers. The electronic systems are hardened for higher vibration, thermal and acoustic effects.