Published On: Sat, Nov 30th, 2019

India conducts 1st night trial of nuclear capable Agni-III missile

Bhubaneswar: India conducted the first night trial of nuclear capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-III from the Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast on Saturday.

The missile was inducted into the armed forces in June 2011

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 7.17 pm, 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.

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