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India test-fires Agni-II ballistic Missile from Wheeler Island, off Odisha coast

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India’s nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface Agni-II ballistic missile was test-fired from the Wheeler Island Odisha coast on May 4, 2017

Key Points:

Agni-II ballistic missile has a strike range of 2000 kilometers.The test was aimed at re-establishing the operational effectiveness of the weapon system.

  • Nuclear Capable Agni IV Test FiredAgni missile series being developed by DRDO as a deterrent against nuclear armed neighbours.
  • The missile can carry a nuclear payload of 1000 kilogram.
  • It is included among India’s most sophisticated weapons.

About Agni-II Ballistic Missile

  • Agni-II is a strategic ballistic missile.
  • 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.
  • Agni-II was designed by DRDO.
  • Agni-II operational range is 2000-3000 km.
  • The missiles are operated by the 335 Missile Group at Secunderabad using 12 TEL vehicles.