In news: India carried out a successful training launch of the Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) Agni-3 developed by DRDO, from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha, as part of routine user training launches conducted by the Strategic Forces Command.
About Agni-3 missile:
- Two-stage solid propellent powered, nuclear capable, Intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM)
- It is 16-meter-long, weighing more than 48 tonnes, has a range of over 3000 kilometres and can carry a payload of over 1.5 tonnes.
- It was subsequently successfully flight tested in 2007.
- It is under operational purview of the Strategic Forces Command, which is part of India’s Nuclear Command Authority.
- The Agni-3 test comes over a month after India’s Strategic Strike Nuclear Submarine, INS Arihant, carried out a successful launch of a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM).
- The strategic postures of “credible minimum deterrence” and “no first use” are pivotal to India’s nuclear doctrine.
Source: Indian Express
Previous Year Question
Q.1) With reference to Agni-IV Missile, which of the following statement(s) is/are correct? (2014)
- It is surface-to-surface missile.
- It is fuelled by liquid propellant only.
- It can deliver one tonne nuclear warhead about 7500 km away.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
- 1 only
- 2 and 3 only
- 1 and 3 only
- 1, 2 and 3