Balasore: India on Thursday successfully test fired the user trial of the indigenously developed surface to air Agni-III intermediate-range ballistic missile from the Abdul Kalam island off Odisha coast.
The Agni-3 missile, which can strike targets up to 3000 km, was successfully test fired at 0912 hours from the launch complex three of the Abdul Kalam island, earlier known as Wheeler Island, closed to Dhamra coast in Odisha in the Bay of Bengal.
The Agni-III missile is powered by a two-stage solid propellant engine. With a length of 17 metres, the missile’s diameter is 2 metres and weight is around 2200 kilograms.
The sleek missile can travel at a speed of 3-4 miles (5-7 km) per second. It can carry a nuclear warhead of more than 250 kilograms.
Agni-3, though not an ICBM, with a range of more than 3,000 km is considered a strategic asset as it has capability to carry conventional and nuclear war heads. The indigenously-built Agni-III, is capable of carrying warheads weighing up to 1.5 tonnes, is 16 metres tall and weighs eight tonnes.
The missile features two solid fuelled stages and with an overall diameter of 1.8 metres. This missile, with a strike range of over 3,000 km, is capable of engaging targets deeper inside China.UNI DP AKM 1044