RANGE AND ACCURACY ACHIEVED IN COPY BOOK STYLE AGNI-3 NOW READY FOR INDUCTIONIn its Golden Jubilee year, the DRDO conducted a GOLDEN LAUNCH of AGNI 3 Missile system to a Range of 3000 kms at 09:56 hrs today from the Wheeler Island, about 12 kms from Dhamra off Orissa Coast. The launch propelled India into a select group of countries with IRBM capabilities and added yet another dimension to the national deterrence. It was a text book launch and followed the trajectory with single digit guidance accuracy. All the subsystems of the Missile functioned in a copybook manner giving an outstanding integrated performance of the Missile in terms of Range and accuracy. The Missile reached the pre-designated target in a time of 800 seconds, travelling through a peak height of 350 km with a velocity of more than 4000 metres/second. Two Indian Naval Ships positioned near the target location South of equator, have confirmed the impact of the Missile. This is the third flight test in the series of AGNI-3, which was carried out to establish the repeatability of Missile performance.
Scenes of jubilation were witnessed in the Block House of Missile launch centre immediately after it was announced by the Mission Director that the launch was successful. Scientists hugged and congratulated each other on this historic occasion.
The Missile system is equipped with sophisticated Navigation, Guidance and Control systems along with advanced distributed architecture based On Board Computer Systems. The electronic systems are hardened for higher vibration, thermal and acoustic effects. A high performance indigenous Ring Laser Gyro based Navigation System is flight tested for the first time in AGNI Missile Systems.
The Missile was tracked by various telemetry stations, electro optic systems and radars located along the coast, Port Blair and by the downrange ships positioned near the target location. The data from the various stations is transmitted in real time through an advanced communication network of DRDO for online performance evaluation and range safety.
AGNI 3 Missile is a two stage solid propellant system with a length 17 metres, diameter of 2 metres and launch weight of 50 tons, carries a payload of 1.5 tons. The Missile Re-enters into the atmosphere with a very high velocity and experiences a deceleration of more than 35 g and a temperature of more than 2500 °C. The payload is protected by Carbon-Carbon all composite heat shield. The A3 is Rail Mobile System capable of being launched from any where in India.
The complete Integration and launch activities are carried out under the leadership of AGNI Programme Director, Sri Avinash Chander, who declared the AGNI 3 flight test a complete success and met all the Mission objectives. He also said that, with this flight, the developmental flights of AGNI 3 are complete and the system is ready for induction.
The successful launch of AGNI 3 was witnessed by Sri M Natarajan, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Sri Sundaram Krishnan, Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Sri Shekhar Dutt, Deputy National Security Advisor, Dr V.K. Saraswat, Chief Controller (R&D) and other senior officials of the Forces. Defence Minister Sri A.K. Antony congratulated the Mission Director and all the scientists of DRDO for the successful launch of AGNI 3.
Sitanshu Kar from Wheeler island, Bay of Bengal off Orissa coast.