India test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-II missile off Odisha coast
Agni-II is a medium-range missile with a range of over 2000 km and can carry a payload of 1000kg.
Indian Army on February 20, 2018 successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Agni-II ballistic missile from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.
The missile test was conducted by the Indian Army’s Strategic Forces Command with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
User Trials of Agni series missiles
This was third successful trial of an Agni series missile in the last one month.
Earlier, a 5000-km range Agni-V was successfully test fired on January 18, 2018 and a user trial of 700-km range Agni-I was also conducted on February 6, 2018.
The first prototype of an operational variant of the Agni-II was tested on April 11, 1999.
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About Agni-II Missile
• Agni-II is a medium-range ballistic missile with two solid fuel stages.
• It is 20 metres long, weighs 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1000 kg.
• It has a strike range of more than 2000 km.
• It is equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system guided by a novel scheme of state of the earth command.
• The missile can be fitted with 150 kilo ton of yield nuclear warheads in addition to chemical and high explosive versions.
• 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.