Agni 3 missile test-fired successfully from the Wheeler Island near Dhamra in Odisha’s Bhadrak district.
Although the missile has a strike range of more than 3000 km, it was tested for a lesser range, in today’s mission.
The indigenously developed surface-to-air missile, capable of carrying a warhead of 1.5 tonnes protected by a carbon all-composite heat shield, blasted off at 9.55 am from a mobile launcher at launch complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR), defence sources said.
Various parameters and trajectory of the 17-meter tall Agni-III missile were tracked and monitored in real time by radars along the east coast, as also by the telemetry and electro-optical systems. Two down-range ships near the impact point recorded the terminal event.
Agni 3 is powered by a two-stage solid propellant system. With a length of 17 metres, the missile’s diameter is 2 metres and has a launch weight of around 48 tonnes.