Agni-III ready for induction: Antony

After the Agni-I and Agni-II surface-to-surface missiles, the 3000-km range Agni-III missile is ready for being inducted into the service, Lok Sabha was informed Monday.

New Delhi: After the Agni-I and Agni-II
surface-to-surface missiles, the 3000-km range Agni-III
missile is ready for being inducted into the service, Lok
Sabha was informed Monday.

"700 km range Agni-I and 2000 km range Agni-II have been
developed and inducted into service. Agni-III with a range of
3000 km is ready for induction," Defence Minister AK Antony
said in reply to a question.

He said the third generation Nag anti-tank missile`s user
trials have been successfully conducted and the system is
ready for induction into the production phase.

On the Indo-Israeli joint venture Medium range Surface to
Air Missile (MR-SAM) programme, the minister said pre-tender
briefing of all prospective vendors has been carried out.

Antony said the first flight test of the jointly
developed Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) with
Israel was done in May this year.

Answering another query, he said the Defence Acquisition
Council (DAC) has accepted the proposal for procuring 42 more
Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft from Russia at an estimated cost of Rs
20107.40 crore and they are planned to be delivered between
2014 and 2018.

PTI

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