India test-fires Agni-III intermediate-range ballistic missile
The Indian Army's Strategic Forces Command (SFC) has successfully test-fired Agni-III intermediate-range ballistic missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha, India.
During the SFC user training exercise, the test firing was conducted from launch complex-4 of the ITR, according to media sources.
The launch was conducted on 27 April, with logistics support from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The 2,200kg nuclear-capable missile was launched vertically into space and reached a height of nearly 500km, The New Indian Express reported.
The missile's trajectory and flight path were tracked by scientists and army personnel.
An Indian Army official was quoted by The New Indian Express as saying: “The trial has met all mission objectives and all the events have occurred as expected. Terminal phase events were recorded by down range ship deployed near the impact point.
“The test once again proved the reliability of the state-of-the-art technologies and readiness of the user to launch it.”
Equipped with advanced avionics and onboard computer, the missile has the ability to correct and guide in-flight disturbances, according to the newspaper.
With a strike range of more than 3,000km, the 17m-long Agni-III can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads that weigh up to 1.5t.
The missile entered service with the Indian Army in 2011.