Published: Sun, May 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

India test fires nuclear-capable Agni-II missile

India test fires nuclear-capable Agni-II missile

The missile has a strike range of over 2,000 km which is already been inducted into the services.

Bhadrakh (Odisha) [India], May 4 (ANI): The Agni-ll Ballistic Missile was successfully test fired on Thursday at 10.22 a.m from A.P.J Abdul Kalam island of Dhamara in Odisha.

The test, however, is believed to have failed to meet the desired parameters.

Agni missile series is being developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organization.

The success of the test is significant as Agni-II is considered one of the key weapon systems of India's nuclear deterrence programme.

It is a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) legthing 20 metres, weighing approx 17 tonnes consists of two solid fuel stages and a Post Boost Vehicle (PBV) integrated into the missile's Re-entry Vehicle (RV).

The 21-metre-long and 1.3-meter-wide ballistic missile weighs 16,000 kg. The Agni I has a range of 700-1250 km. It took its first stage from Agni-III, with a modified second stage and a miniaturised third stage enabling it to fly distance of 5,000 kilometres.

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