Agni-II missile successfully test-fired

Agni-II missile successfully test-fired

Balasore: After two successive setbacks, India’s nuclear capable Agni-II missile, with a range of 2000 kms, was on Monday successfully test-fired during a user trial by the Army from the Wheelers Island off the Orissa coast.

“The trial of the missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) was successful and met all parameters and mission objectives," ITR director S P Dash said.

The sleek surface-to-surface intermediate range ballistic missile was launched at around 09:15am from a rail mobile system in Launch Complex-4 of ITR.

The trajectory of the missile, which has a payload capacity of 1000 kg, was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and naval ships stationed near the impact point in the Bay of Bengal, defence sources said.

The launch was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army with logistic support from laboratories and personnel of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), they said.

Data generated during the test-fire was being analysed, they said.

The successful launch followed two earlier user trials on 19 May, 2009 and the night of 23 November, 2009 which could not meet all mission parameters.

The 20-metre long Agni-II, which has been inducted into the services, is a two-stage, solid-propelled ballistic missile with a launch weight of 17 tonnes.