New Delhi, Feb 19: India successfully test-fired Agni II medium-range nuclear-capable missile from APJ Abdul Kalam island off the Odisha coast on Tuesday. The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) fired Agni-II at 8:38 am from a mobile launcher at launching complex 4 of the Integrated Test Range. Also Read - Coronavirus Travel Guidelines: This State Mandates Week-Long Home Isolation For People Coming From Maharashtra, Kerala, MP, Punjab and Chhattisgarh | Key Points
Agni-II, which has a length of 20 metres, weighs 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1000 kgs over a distance of 2000 kms. It is a part of the Agni series of missiles developed by the DRDO which includes Agni-I (700-km range), Agni-III (3,000 kms), Agni-IV (4,000 kms) and Agni-V (more than 5,000 kms). Also Read - Over 25 Students of a Technical University in Odisha Test COVID Positive, Quarantined
The missile, which has already been inducted into the armed forces is equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system, guided by a novel scheme of state-of-the-art command and control system was propelled by solid rocket propellant system. (Also Read: Missiles in Indian Military’s Arsenal And Their Features)
The test came two weeks after India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range in Odisha.