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India Test-Fires Medium Range Agni-II Ballistic Missile

Sputnik News

12:37 04.05.2017

India tested a missile for the third consecutive day on Thursday with the Indian Army's Strategic Forces Command successfully test-firing its medium range nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-II.

New Delhi (Sputnik) – The missile was launched from a mobile launcher located on Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast at 10:23 am (IST). A mobile launcher can be moved anywhere, including rugged areas, and is, by its very nature, less vulnerable to air strikes. Last week, India also tested its Agni-III missile which can hit targets up to 3,000 kilometers.

Defense sources said the test was aimed at re-establishing the operational effectiveness of the missile system. With a strike range of more than 2,000 kilometers, the 20-meter long, 17-ton Agni-II can carry a payload of one ton, which is twice the estimated minimum weight of a nuclear warhead. And with a reduced payload of about 500 kg, its range could increase significantly.

The missile, which is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and advanced onboard computer, has the latest features to correct and guide in-flight disturbances. Agni-II uses solid fuel as a propellant. Solid fuel is compact and non-corrosive and has a greater shelf life and permits greater mobility, survivability, and maneuverability.

India tested the BrahMos III land attack version on Wednesday and the long range tactical version on Tuesday.


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