Agni-II nuclear-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile has been successfully test-fired by India from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.
The Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army test-fired the Agni-II surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile from launching complex IV of the Integrated Test Range on Saturday evening, defence sources said.
Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-II has already been inducted into the armed forces. The 20-metre-long, two-stage ballistic missile has a strike range of 2,000 km. It has a launch weight of 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1,000 kg, the sources said.
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 can reach all of Pakistan and most parts of south and southeastern China