16/04/2015 1:00 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Agni-III: India Successfully Test-Fires 3,000 Km Range Nuclear Missile

The Indian Agni III missile is displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. Paramilitary soldiers and police set up road blocks and snipers took positions atop government buildings as hundreds of thousands of people turned out to celebrate India's national day Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

BHUBANESWAR — India on Thursday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile, with a range of over 3,000 km, from a base in Odisha, an official said.

The surface-to-surface missile was fired from a launch complex at the Inner Wheeler Island off the coast of Dhamra in Bhadrak district, about 200 km from here.

"It was a user trial. The test was successful," test range director MVKV Prasad told IANS.

Agni-III is capable of carrying warheads weighing up to 1.5 tonnes. It is 16 metres in length and weighs 48 tonnes. The missile has a two-stage solid propellant system. It can re-enter the atmosphere at a very high velocity.

Agni-III is a rail mobile system capable missile and can be launched from anywhere in India.

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