|India Successfully Tests Long Range Missile
07 May 2008
India today successfully tested its 3000 km range surface-to-surface nuclear missile, Agni III, capable of hitting targets as far as China and Baghdad.
According to a government statement, the all solid fuel missile took off from Wheelers Island off the Orissa coast early this morning, and landed 3,000 km away in the sea somewhere south of the equator about 13 minutes later. (PTI)
With this second successful test-firing, India joins the group of nations with Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles (IRBMs), and is all set to build its Intercontinental Range Missile, Agni IV.
The country is also developing a miniature submarine-launched version of Agni III called Agni III SL and has begun testing its indigenous anti-ballistic missile system, which is hoped will be ready within the next few years.
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