Agni-3 test fired successfully
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  • The fourth test of the nuclear capable Agni-III missile was conducted successfully from Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha. A press release noted that the missile, with a flight range of 3,500 km “hit the target with pin-point accuracy and met all the mission objectives.” The test was part of the user (the Army) trial ahead of its induction into the armed forces.

    The two-stage solid-propelled missile is 17 metres long and 2 metres in diameter, with a launch weight of 50 tonnes and a pay load capability of 1.5 tonnes. The first test of the missile in July 2006 had failed, but its second and third flights in April 2007 and May 2008 were successful. About 80 to 85 per cent of the components of the missile are indigenously developed.1

    • 1. Government of India, Ministry of Defence, ‘Fourth Test Flight of Long Range Missile Agni-3 Successful’, Press Release, February 7, 2010; T.S. Subramanian and Y. Mallikarjun, ‘DRDO raises the bar, sets its sights on 5,000-km Agni-V’, The Hindu, February 8, 2010