Monday, November 29, 1999

Agni-II missile successfully test-fired

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Balasore (Orissa), May 17 (PTI) Nuclear-capable Agni-II missile, with a range of 2000 kms, was today successfully test-fired by the Army as part of user trial from the Wheelers Island off Orissa coast. The trial was conducted from a rail mobile system in Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at around 9.15 am, defence sources said soon after the versatile surface-to-surface missile blasted off. Data relating to various parameters of the mission''s objectives was being analysed, the sources said. Agni-II Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) has already been inducted into the services and today''s test was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army with logistic support from various laboratories and personnel of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). A DRDO scientist said it was a training exercise to familiarise the end-users with different operational conditions. The entire trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and a naval ship located near the impact point in the down range of Bay of Bengal. The 20-metre long Agni-II is a two stage, solid-propelled ballistic missile. It has a launch weight of 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of 2000 km. (More) PTI CORR SKN CR SC.

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