Reported by Rashmi Ranjan Das
Balasore, Dec 20:
The Defence Research and Development Organisation ( DRDO) is all set to test fire the surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-III on December 23, from the Wheeler Island.
The user trial of the medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) is likely to carried out from launch pad number 4 of Wheeler Island, a source in the DRDO said.
The preparation for the user trial is at its final stage, the source added.
The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army has conducted user trials of Agni-III missile eight times. It will be the 9th consecutive test of Agni-III. It 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.