India Successfully Test Fires Medium Range Nuclear Capable Agni-II Missile With 2,000 Km Range

| February 20 , 2018 , 14:48 IST

India on Tuesday successfully test-fired its medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missile with a 2,000 km strike range from the Abdul Kalam Island off of the Odisha coast.

The trial of the surface-to-surface Agni II missile was conducted from a mobile launcher at the Launch Complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on Tuesday morning, defence sources said.

The Agni-II Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) is 20 metres long with a launch weight of 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of up to 1,000 kg. The missile, which has already been inducted into the services, was tested on Tuesday by the Army’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) with logistic support provided by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as a training exercise, a DRDO scientist said.

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The Agni-II is a two-stage missile equipped with an advanced high accuracy navigation system and is guided by a unique command and control system. The missile is propelled by a solid rocket propellant system. The state-of-the-art missile IRBM Agni-II is a part of India's arsenal for strategic deterrence.

The trajectory of the Agni-II missile test was tracked by sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and two naval ships located near the impact point of the missile in the down range area of Bay of Bengal.

The Agni-II missile is part of the Agni series of missiles, which include Agni-I which has a range of 700 km, Agni-III with a range of 3,000 km, Agni-IV with range 4,000 km and Agni-V with a test range of 5,000 km.

Agni-II was developed by the Advanced Systems Laboratory with other DRDO laboratories and was first test-fired on April 11, 1999.