India successfully test fires ballistic missile Agni II Off Odisha coast today


NEW DELHI: India on February 20 (Tuesday) successfully test-fired its indigenously developed ballistic missile Agni II from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

According to defence ministry, The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted from Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore district today morning at 8.38 am.

The trial was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army (SFCIA) as part of its user training exercise, he added.

The two-stage missile furnished with advanced high accuracy navigation system and guided by a novel scheme of state-of-the-art command and control system was conducted by the solid rocket propellant system. Agni II has already been included in the Indian Army.

It has a strike range of more than 2,000 km, is 20 metres long, weighs 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1,000 kg.