New Delhi: India today test-fired nuclear weapons-capable Agni-III ballistic missile from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. Although the missile has a strike range of more than 3,000 k.m, it was tested for a lesser range, in today's mission.

The surface to surface missile was launched by the personnel of Strategic Forces Command (SFC) from a mobile launcher, as part of regular training exercise for the user.

It was picked up randomly from the production lot and test fired. The SFC is tasked with handling strategic weapons systems. After the command for auto-launch was given, the two-stage solid-propelled missile took off on a flight of 1,200 seconds and homed onto the pre-designated target area, in the bay of Bengal with accuracy. Defence Research and Development Organization sources told The Hindu that, it met all the mission objectives.

Agni-III is one of the sophisticated and accurate missiles of its class and has already been inducted into armed forces. It is capable of carrying a payload weighing 1.5 tonnes, to a distance of more than 3,000 k.m.