Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-III, with a range of over 3,000 km, is technically ready for launch, according to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief M. Natarajan. This is the first authoritative observation on the status of the missile after August 2004 when the then DRDO chief V. K. Atre said there were "not many technical issues'' to be sorted out.

Dr. Natarajan said while all technical issues had been sorted out, the DRDO was waiting for the Government's nod to conduct the first test.

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