Thursday, April 12, 2007

AGNI III Launch Successful

The Agni III missile launch is successful finally, after a failed initial attempt last year. This missile with a stated minimum range of 3000km for a payload of 1.5 tonnes puts the whole of China within its range. Actually the range is more like 5000km+ when you reduce the payload a little bit(enough to carry India's largest nuke--the 300Kt Thermonuclear weapon weighing just about 250 kg. By contrast, the Hiroshima & Nagasaki weapons had a yield of about 15Kt and 20Kt of TNT respectively), which makes the missile cover the whole of Asia, the Middle-East and most of Europe, depending on where in India you launch it from. Here is an estimate of the the range of the missile when you launch it from Jammu. You can tweak the location in the above site to see all sorts of possibilities.