The Indian Army has reportedly test-fired its surface-to-surface, nuclear-capable, intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), Agni-II, from Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.
The 20m-long Agni-II IRBM has been developed by the Advanced Systems Laboratory in collaboration with other Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratories.
It was integrated by ammunition manufacturer Bharat Dynamics.
The trial saw the missile launched with a dummy payload at a strike range of 2,000km from a mobile launcher at the Launch Complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) located on the island, reported PTI, citing defence sources.
The DRDO provided logistical support for the missile launch test, which was conducted as a training exercise by the army’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC), according to defence sources.
Once launched, the Agni-II weapon system travelled along the intended flight path before reaching the point of impact within a few metres of accuracy, thereby addressing all mission parameters as coordinated, said a defence official.
In a statement, the official was quoted by The New Indian Express as saying: “The successful launch has once again proved the reliability of the medium-range missile.
“Radar, telemetry systems, electro-optical tracking stations tracked and monitored the mission parameters throughout the trajectory.
“The mission was highly successful and flawless.”
Agni-II has already been inducted into the Indian Army as part of the country’s arsenal for strategic deterrence.
The weapon is a two-stage missile that has been integrated with advanced high-accuracy navigation system.
It is propelled by solid rocket propellant system.
The Agni-II missile weighs 17t and is capable of carrying a payload of 1,000kg.
The range of the weapon can be increased to 3,000km by reducing the payload capacity.
A 5,000km Agni-V missile was previously test fired in January, while a user trial of the 700km-range Agni-I system was carried out on 6 February.