Monday, November 29, 1999

Agni-II test fired successful

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Bhubaneswar (Orissa), May 17 (ANI): India on Monday successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Agni-II ballistic missile, with a range of 2000 kilometers from the Wheelers Island off Orissa coast.The trial was conducted with a special strategic command force (SSC) raised by the Army with necessary logistic support provided by various laboratories of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists.The Agni missile family is envisaged to be the mainstay of the Indian missile-based strategic nuclear deterrence.The Agni-II is a medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) with two solid fuel stages and a Post Boost Vehicle (PBV) integrated into the missile's Re-entry Vehicle (RV).The Agni's manoeuvring RV is made of a carbon-carbon composite material that is light and able to sustain high thermal stresses of re-entry, in a variety of trajectories.The missile is part of the Agni series, which includes Agni-I of 700-kilometer range and Agni-III of 3,500-kilometer range. (ANI)

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