New Delhi, Feb.7 (ANI): The Indian Army, it seems, is ready to induct the long-range Agni-3 missile into its defence apparatus, after it was successfully test-fired on Sunday morning from the Wheeler Island in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Orissa.
The missile has a range capability of 3500 kilometers. It was test-fired by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Dynamic Limited.
The launch is part of the pre-induction trial for the Indian Army, which has carried out the total launch operations guided by the DRDO scientists.
The fourth flight of the long range missile tested its full range, hit the target with pin-point accuracy and met all the mission objectives. Two down range ships located near the target tracked and witnessed the missile reaching the target accurately.
The marker pen like AGNI-3 Missile is 17 meters long and two metres in diameter. The missile is a two stage solid propellant system with a pay load capability of 1.5 tons.
During the course of flight the missile reached a peak height of 350 kms and re-entered into the atmosphere successfully tolerating the skin temperatures of nearly 3000 degree Celsius.
The missile is equipped with a state of the art computer system, navigated with a most advanced Navigation system and guided with an innovative guidance scheme.
The navigation system used for guidance is first of its kind. A number of radars and electro optical tracking systems along the coast of Orissa have monitored the path of the Missile and evaluated all the parameters in real time. (ANI)