India successfully test fires 3,000 km range nuclear missile

| Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 16:06
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India successfully test fires 3,000 km range nuclear missile

Bhubaneswar: India on Thursday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile, with a range of over 3,000 km, from a base in Odisha, an official said.

The surface-to-surface missile was fired from a launch complex at the Inner Wheeler Island off the coast of Dhamra in Bhadrak district, about 200 km from Bhubaneswar.

"It was a user trial. The test was successful," test range director MVKV Prasad said.

Agni-III is capable of carrying warheads weighing up to 1.5 tonnes. It is 16 metres in length and weighs 48 tonnes. The missile has a two-stage solid propellant system. It can re-enter the atmosphere at a very high velocity.

Agni-III is a rail mobile system capable missile and can be launched from anywhere in India.

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