Test-fire of Agni-II missile fails to meet desired parameters

Indian on Thursday successfully test fired Agni-ll Ballistic Missile at 10.22 AM from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha Coast as part of user trial.

Logistic support for it was provided by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), reports said. It is a two-stage solid propelled system and equipped with a special navigation system to achieve high degree of accuracy. Defence sources said the Agni-II missile has the capability to carry a nuclear warhead weighing up to one tonne.

The last user trial of Agni-II conducted on November 9, 2014, from the same base was a success. The striking range could also be increased to 3,000 km depending upon the payload.

Agni-II forms the triad of the country's minimum credible nuclear deterrence along with Agni-I, Agni-III, Agni-IV and Agni-V.

The medium-range ballistic missile test-fired today can collect more data on its striking capacity for which two warships with radars were deployed in the Bay of Bengal. It took its first stage from Agni-III, with a modified second stage and a miniaturised third stage enabling it to fly distance of 5,000 kilometres.

  • Carolyn Briggs