India completes Agni II test fire successfully
India on November 11, 2019, conducted its first night trial of AGNI II missile successfully. It is the first night trial being tested by the country. The nuclear capable missile was tested at the Abdul Kalam Island of Odisha Coast.
- The missile was developed by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization)
- The surface-to-surface medium range nuclear capable missile was tested by the Strategic Forces of the Indian Army.
- The missile is capable of striking range of 2,000 km. It can carry payload of 1,000 kg and launch a weight of 17 tonnes. It is 20 meters long and is a two-stage missile.
- It is an IRBM (Integrated Range Ballistic Missile) and has already been inducted into the armed forces
Agni II missile is a part of series of Agni missile with a range of 2,000 km. The range of Agni I is 700 km, Agni III is 3,000 km. The ranges of Agni IV and Agni V are longer
The first test firing of Agni II missile was done in 1999. In 2010, the first test fire of nuclear capable Agni II ballistic missile was conducted successfully.
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