Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on first successful night trial of Agni-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile off Odisha coast.
The trial was carried out from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur.
Hailing the achievement of DRDO, the Odisha CM said that successful test firing of the missile will further augment country’s defence capabilities of the country.
Congratulations to @DRDO_India on first successful night trial of long-range ballistic missile, #AgniIII from the Abdul Kalam Island, off #Odisha coast. Successful test firing of the missile will further augment country’s defence capabilities. #DRDO
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) November 30, 2019
The trial was carried out from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur Odisha
This is the first ever night trial of the missile which has a strike range of 3500 kilometers.
Weighing around 50 tonnes, the length of Agni-III is 17 meters having a diameter of 2 meters and itcan carry war heads of 1.5 tonnes.
The trial is being carried out by the Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army in association with the DRDO.
Inducted into the Indian armed forces in 2011, the Agni-III is the mainstay of Indian nuclear arsenal