Bhubaneswar: India has successfully test fired its medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missile from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast on Tuesday. The Defence sources said that the trial of the surface-to-surface missile has been conducted from a mobile launcher at the Launch Complex-IV of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at around 8.30 am. The test has been carried out by the Army’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) with logistic support by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
Notably, the Integrated Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) has already been introduced to services and launched as a training drill by the armed forces.
The 20 meter-long missile has a strike range of more than 2,000km. It has a launch weight of 17 tonnes and can carry a playload of 1,000kg. The 2-stage ballistic missile has equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system. It is guided by a unique command and control system which has moved by solid rocket propellant system.
As per the reports, the entire mission has been tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and 2 naval ships located near the impact point in the down range area of the Bay of Bengal.
Meanwhile, sources informed that Agni-II has been developed by the Advanced System Laboratory with other DRDO laboratories. It has been integrated by the Bharat Dynamics Limited of Hyderabad.
Reportedly, this ballistic missile is a part of the Agni missile series, includes the Agni-I with a 700km range, Agni-III with a 3,000km range, Agni-IV and Agni-V with long-range capabilities.