The long-range nuclear-capable, surface to surface Agni- III ballistic missile is scheduled to be launched on May 7 from the
This will be third test of the missile having a range of more than 3,500 km.The first conducted on July,9,2006, failed to meet the mission objectives, while the second trial held on April 12,2007 ended in a roaring success.
The DRDO sources told on Sunday that the proposed launch would be ‘validation test’ for higher performance in terms of weight and payload capacity.Apart from new software for navigation and guidance controls to achieve better accuracy, an improved re-entry material would be tested.
High-Temperature navigation antennae, developed specially for the system, are among other new features that the missle will carry on-board.
Different materials were needed for the missile since it will be flying at a much higher speed.
The final integration checks on various systems and sub-systems of the missile are on at ITR and likely to be completed by Monday when it will be moved to the launch pad.Low-end. And High-end parameters of various components including navigation and guidance control systems, electronic packages are being checked to see they are within the specified limits.
Though the launch is slated for May, 7 th, sources said the window period was upto May 9.The test is likely to be the last developmental flight trial in the Agni III series.