Press Trust of India Posted online: Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 1142 hours IST Updated: Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 1212 hours IST
Dhamra (Orissa), July 9: India's most sophisticated Intermediate Range Ballistic Misslie (IRBM) Agni-III was on Sunday test-fired from a range off the Orissa coast.
The indigenously built surface-to-surface nuclear capable missile, with a range of 3,500 km, was test-fired from a fixed platform at the launch complex of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at the Wheeler's Island at about 11.05 am, defence sources said.
Described as the most powerful of India's missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Agni-III has the capability of carrying a payload of 1000 kg, the sources said. Defence minister Pranab Mukherjee and his scientific advisor M Natarajan were present at the launch complex located in the Wheeler Island off the Dhamra coast to witness the launch of the missile.
Eyewitnesses said the sleek missile roared into the overcast sky leaving behind a trail of thick yellow smoke and fire and vanished into the clouds within seconds.