Agni-III ballistic missile failed in night test

Agni-III missile uses solid propellant in two stages. It is capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads. 

Created On: Dec 3, 2019 09:58 ISTModified On: Dec 3, 2019 10:37 IST
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Agni-III, a long-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, has failed its first night test. The test was carried out at the Integrated Test Range at APJ Abdul Kalam Island near Odisha coast.

Agni-III Test

• The Agni-III missile fell into the ocean after the first stage split.
• In the initial flight, the missile covered a distance of 115 km, but soon it deviated from its path.
• According to preliminary investigations, the missile lost its way due to a construction flaw.
• The test was conducted as a user trial for the Indian Army. The trajectory for this missile test was fixed at 2800 km.

About Agni-III Missile

• The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
• This missile was inducted into the Indian Armed Forces in 2011. This missile covers all major cities of China and Pakistan.
• This missile uses solid propellant in two stages. It is capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads.
• This missile is capable of carrying weapons of up to 1.5 tons.
• The missile has a height of 17 meters, while its weight is about 50 tons.
• It can be fired through a mobile launcher that makes it more effective.

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What is Mobile Launcher?

When the missile is set to launch through the platform of a truck or tank, that platform is called a mobile launcher. This allows the missile to be launched as soon as possible. The Agni-3 missile has hybrid navigation, guidance, and control system, which is operated by an advanced computer mounted on the missile.


Agni-5 is India's first intercontinental ballistic missile. India has become the fifth nation in the world that has intercontinental ballistic missiles after Agni-5’s successful test in 2012. Prior to India, America, Russia, France, and China have gained the strength of inter-continental ballistic missiles. The DRDO has used canister technology has in Agni V's launching system. This missile can be easily transported anywhere, allowing DRDO to get closer to the enemy. The success of the Agni-5 missile will increase the strength of the Indian Army manifold as it has not only 5000 km of range, but it is also capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

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