India conducts first night trial of nuclear capable missile

NEW DELHI, Indian defence sources said that nuclear capable Agni-III ballistic missile’s first night trial was carried out from Abdul Kalam Island off eastern Indian state of Odisha coast on Saturday.

The Press Trust of India quoted defence sources as saying that the surface-to-surface 17-meter missile was launched from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range at the APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Balasore city of Odisha.

Officials are monitoring the trajectory of the missile and the outcome is awaited, the sources said.

The Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army carried out the trial with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) at 7:20 PM Local Time.

“It was the fourth user trial in the Agni-III series carried out to establish the repeatability of the missile’s performance. For the first time the test was conducted during night time,” a DRDO source was quoted as saying.

The missile, equipped with a two-stage solid propellant system and hybrid navigation is capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads of 1.5 tonnes.

Agni-III, considered a key part of India’s deterrence against its regional rivals Pakistan and China, was inducted into the country’s arsenal in the year 2011.

Source: Kuwait News Agency