India on Thursday successfully test fired nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni III as part of its user trial, off the coast of Odisha’s Bhadrak district.
“The user trial has been successful. It was a perfect text book launch meeting all mission objectives,” said MKVK Prasad, director of Integrated Test Range of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) at Chandipur in Balasore district.
The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) conducted the test of the surface-to-surface missile having a range of 3000 km at 9.55 am from a launching complex in Wheeler Island.
This is the third user trial of the missile capable of carrying warhead weighing up to 1.5 tonnes. The last successful trial was done on December 23, 2013.
Agni-III – measuring 16 metres and weighing 48 tonnes – has a two-stage solid propellant system and can be launched from anywhere in India. Developed by the DRDO, the missile was inducted in the armed forces in June 2011.