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India Successfully Conducts 1st Night Trial of Nuclear-Capable Agni-III Ballistic Missile

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-12-01

The first night trial of the nuclear-capable Agni-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile was carried out from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range at the APJ Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast on Saturday, Defence sources said.

 

The Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army conducted the first night trial of the missile from launch pad-IV of the Integrated Test Range in Bhadrak district at 7:17pm, said defence sources.

 

According to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Agni-III is the mainstay of India’s nuclear arsenal.

 

The missile was inducted into the armed forces in June 2011.

 

The missile has a strike range of 3,000 km to 5,000 km and is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads weighing up to 1.5 tonnes.

 

The missile is powered by a two-stage solid propellant engine. It is 17 metres long with two-metre diameter and weighs around 2,200 kg.

 

"It was the fourth user trial in the Agni-III series carried out to establish the repeatability of the missile's performance. For the first time the test was conducted during night time," a DRDO source said.

 

It is powered by a two-stage solid propellant system and is capable of carrying a warhead of 1.5 tonnes which is protected by carbon all composite heat shield, they said. Agni-III is equipped with hybrid navigation, guidance and control systems along with the advanced on-board computer.

 

The electronic systems are hardened for higher vibration, thermal and acoustic effects, a DRDO scientist said.

 

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