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09 April 2013

India successfully test-fired nuclear capable Agni-II Missile (IRBM)


Based on a Press Trust of India PTI report

Agni-II, a 2000km plus medium-range, nuclear capable missile has been successfully test-fired by India today on 7 April 2013 from Wheeler Island, off Odisha (erstwhile Orissa) coast. As per defense sources, the trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted at around 10.20 am from a mobile launcher of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).

As published in the press, Agni-II, Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) has already been inducted in the Armed Forces. Today’s test was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army, as a part of their training exercises. The logistic support has been provided by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

The two-stage missile has been, equipped with advanced high-accuracy navigation system. It has been guided by a latest state-of-the art command and control system. Agni-II has been filled-in with solid rocket propellant.

A defense representative said that the entire trajectory of the projectile was tracked by a hi-tech battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations and optoelectronic instrumentation etc, installed on naval ships around the impact point in deep seas area.
The 20-metre-long Agni-II Missile is a two-stage, solid-propellant ballistic missile. It weighs 17 ton and is capable of carrying a payload of 1,000 kg across a distance of 2,000 km.

Agni-II Missile is a part of the Agni series of missiles being developed by the DRDO. Sources said that the Agni series includes Agni-I Missile with 700 km range; Agni-III Missile with 3,000 km range; Agni-IV Missile with 4,000 km range and Agni-V Missile with a 5,000+ km range.

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