In­dia test-fires nu­clear ca­pa­ble Agni-ii mis­sile


The sur­face-to-sur­face 2,000-km range bal­lis­tic mis­sile Agni-II was suc­cess­fully flight tested for the Strate­gic Forces Com­mand (SFC) from Wheeler Is­land in Bay of Ben­gal off the coast of Odisha.

The two-stage solid pro­pel­lant Agni-II launched as part of reg­u­lar SFC ex­er­cise as they reached the pre-des­ig­nated tar­get point in Bay of Ben­gal within ac­cu­racy of few me­tres. The two ships lo­cated near the tar­get point have tracked the ter­mi­nal phase of the ve­hi­cle and wit­nessed the fi­nal event. The radars and elec­tro-op­ti­cal track­ing sta­tions have tracked and mon­i­tored the ve­hi­cle and all the rel­e­vant pa­ram­e­ters.

All the sys­tems, propul­sion, con­trol, ac­tu­a­tors, on-board com­put­ers, mis­sile in­ter­face units and the nav­i­ga­tion, guid­ance sys­tems func­tioned fully to the per­fec­tion and en­sured the ve­hi­cle reached the tar­get within few me­tres of ac­cu­racy.

The launch op­er­a­tions car­ried out by SFC and DRDO sci­en­tists have mon­i­tored and guided all the ac­tiv­i­ties. The teams were led by the Project Di­rec­tor Laxmi­narayana and the Mis­sion Di­rec­tor Av­inash Chan­der, DS & CC R&D (MSS). Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Sci­en­tific Ad­viser to De­fence Min­is­ter, Sec­re­tary Depart­ment of De­fence R&D and DG (R&D) DRDO were present dur­ing the launch and cleared the launch of the ve­hi­cle af­ter a thor­ough re­view.

De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony con­grat­u­lated the armed forces, DRDO sci­en­tists and the in­dus­try for the suc­cess­ful launch of Agni-II. Dr V.G. Sekaran, Di­rec­tor ASL, Dr S.K. Chaud­hary, Di­rec­tor RCI, M.V.K.V. Prasad, Di­rec­tor ITR, Dr Satish Ku­mar, Dr D.N. Reddy, Chair­man of RAC were present.

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