India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-III ballistic missile [ Current Affairs ]

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India successfully test-fires Nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-III ballistic missile at Odisha coast in the Bay of Bengal. Agni-III ballistic missile was tested from Wheelar Island off the Odisha coast in the Bay of Bengal by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) with support of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Image of Agni-3 ballistic missile

Image of Agni-3 ballistic missile

Nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile

  • Agni III missile is surface-to-surface nuclear capable intermediate-range ballistic missile and indigenously developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  • Surface-to-surface Agni-III ballistic missile range is 3000 km, Dimensions 17 metres in length, 2 metres in diameter. Its Launch weight is around 50 tonnes.
  • Agni-III ballistic missile can carry a nuclear warhead of 1.5 tonne and is protected by carbon all-composite heat shield.
  • Agni-III ballistic missile is a two-stage solid-propelled missile and equipped with the hybrid guidance, navigation and control systems along with advanced on-board computer.

- Published on: April 20, 2015