Bhubaneswar: On Wednesday, India test-fired the intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-3 from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.
“India carried out a successful training launch of an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile, Agni-3 from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha on November 23, 2022. The successful test was part of routine user training launches carried out under the aegis of the Strategic Forces Command. The launch was carried out for a predetermined range and validated all operational parameters of the system”, the ministry of defense said in a statement.
Agni-3 is the third participant in the Agni missile series and was first tested on July 9, 2006. But it developed a technical tangle and fell into the sea off the Odisha coast without hitting the target. The missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and hitting target 3,500 kilometers away.
The Agni-3 missile was test fired successfully on its second flight in 2007 and then at its third consecutive launch in 2008. This comes a month after India successfully test-fired indigenous new generation medium-range ballistic missile Agni Prime from the Odisha coast.
The missile’s strike range is between 1,000 km and 2,000 km, the Defense Research Development Organization said. The last trial of the missile was conducted on December 18 last year from the same base, which was also successful.