India Conducts First Night Trial of Nuclear-Capable Agni-III Ballistic Missile

India conducted the first night trial of its Agni-III nuclear-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The trial was conducted from the Launch Complex-IV (LC-IV) of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) located on the Abdul Kalam Island (formerly Wheeler Island) at 7.17 p.m local time by the Indian Armed Forces’ Strategic Forces Command (SFC). The SFC is responsible for the management and administration of India’s tactical and strategic nuclear weapons stockpile.

Agni-III (Fire) is an IRBM developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The missile has a strike range of 3,000 km to 5,000 km and is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads weighing up to 1.5 tonnes. The missile’s Circular Error Probable (CEP) is within 40 meters range.

The missile is powered by a two-stage solid propellant engine. It is 17 meters long with a two-meter diameter and weighs around 2,200 kg.

The missile was inducted into the Indian Armed Forces in June 2011 and is the mainstay of India’s nuclear arsenal.



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