Chandipur/ Baleswar, December 23 :
A user trial of the surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-III was conducted successfully at 4.56 pm today from the launch pad number 4 of Wheeler Island, a source in the DRDO said.
The missile covered 3000 km around 20 minutes and met all parameters.
It was an A3-05 version of the missile, said a scientist of the integrated test range (ITR).
Describing the launch of the sophisticated missile as a complete success, ITR Director MVKV Prasad said all the mission parameters were met during the trial.
“The missile trajectory was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha,” he added.
The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army has conducted user trials of Agni-III missile eight times earlier.
This was the 9th test of Agni-III.
The missile has already been inducted into Indian Army’s arsenal.
Agni-III, a two-stage missile developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and powered by solid propellants, has a specialized navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision. It is equipped with an advanced guidance and navigation system to ensure accuracy.
The 16 meter long and 2 meter wide Agni-III is capable of carrying payloads – both conventional and nuclear- up to 1.5 tons has a strike range of 3000 to 3500 km.
Agni-III which was first tested on 9 July 2006 from the Wheeler Island had its last successful trial on 21 September 2012 from the same complex.
DRDO is also planning a user trial of Agni-IV, of the Agni series in January 2014, said the source.