Indian Army’s Agni II Fails Night Test

25 November 2009 (Last Updated November 25th, 2009 18:30)

The Indian Army's new nuclear-capable Agni II intermediate-range ballistic missile has failed to reach set standards during a scheduled night test. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) admitted that the first ever live test fire had failed and announced that they would

The Indian Army's new nuclear-capable Agni II intermediate-range ballistic missile has failed to reach set standards during a scheduled night test.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) admitted that the first ever live test fire had failed and announced that they would be investigating the reason behind the failure.

During the test, the missile, which was fired from a mobile launcher, took off smoothly, with no hitch in the first stage separation but failed to meet the set results mid-way at the second stage separation.

The test, intended to validate procedures for night firing, was conducted by the Indian Army's Strategic Forces Command from Wheeler Island, off the Orissa coast.

Agni-II is a two-stage solid propelled ballistic missile weighing 17t with a length of 20m that can carry a payload of 1t over a distance of 2,000km.

Agni-II is part of the Agni series that includes the already-inducted Agni-I, which has a range of 700km and the Agni-III which has a range of 3,500km and is still in the process of induction.

The missile is being developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Bharat Dynamics, Hyderabad.