April 16 , Chandipur ,Odisha
India Thursday successfully test-fired nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-III off Odisha coast.
The 3,000 km range indigenously developed surface-to-air missile, protected by a carbon all-composite heat shield, blasted off at 9.55 this morning from a mobile launcher at Integrated Test Range in Wheeler Island of Dhamra.
The missile has two stages which are powered by solid propellants and can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads weighing up to 1.5 tonnes and target parts of China.
The launch operation was carried out by strategic forces command of the Indian army with logistic support from Defence Research and Development Organisation.
Agni-III has a length of 17 metres and launch weight of around 48 tonnes. Agni-II has already been inducted in the armed forces since June 2011.