India test-fires ballistic missile Agni II from the Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha

Agni II missile has a strike range of more than 2,000 km, is 20 metres long, weighs 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1,000 kg.

India on 20 February test-fired its indigenous developed intermediate range ballistic missile Agni II from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted from Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore district at about 8.38 am, said a Defence Ministry official.

The trial was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army as part of its user training exercise, he added.

Agni II missile has already been inducted into the Indian Army.

The two-stage missile equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system, which is guided by a novel scheme of state-of-the-art command and control system was propelled by solid rocket propellant system.

It has a strike range of more than 2,000 km, is 20 metres long, weighs 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1,000 kg.




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