India tested nuclear capable Agni-II missile from Wheeler Island
India test fired nuclear-capable Agni-II strategic ballistic missile.
India test fired nuclear-capable Agni-II strategic ballistic missile on 9 November 2014. It was conducted from Wheeler Island, Odisha and test was successful. It has already been inducted into the army.
The test was a part of training exercise to the Army with logistic support provided by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Agni-II is a medium-range missile with a range of over 2000 km and can carry a payload of 1000kg. It is a two-stage surface-to-surface missile, equipped with an advanced high-accuracy navigation system and guided by a novel state-of-the-art command and control system, is powered by a solid rocket propellant system.
Agni-II weighs 17 tonnes and the range of the missile can be increased to 3000 km by reducing the payload. It can be fired from both rail and road mobile launchers and it takes only 15 minutes for the missile to be readied for firing.
The Agni-II missile was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) and integrated by the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Hyderabad.
Agni-II is part of the Agni series of missiles developed by DRDO
• Agni-I with 700 km range
• Agni-III with 3000 km range
• Agni-IV with 4000 km range
• Agni-V more than 5000 km range