India Test Fires Agni-II Missile

18 May 2010 (Last Updated May 18th, 2010 18:30)

India has successfully test fired a indigenous nuclear-capable Agni-II ballistic missile from Wheelers Island, off the Orissa coast. Following two test failures in 2009, the surface-to-surface missile was successfully launched by the Indian Strategic Forces Command (ISF), according to the

India has successfully test fired a indigenous nuclear-capable Agni-II ballistic missile from Wheelers Island, off the Orissa coast.

Following two test failures in 2009, the surface-to-surface missile was successfully launched by the Indian Strategic Forces Command (ISF), according to the Times Of India.

The Agni-II missile is 20m long, weighs 17t, has a range in excess of 2,000km and a nuclear payload capacity of 1,000kg.

The Indian military currently operates the short-range Prithvi missile with a range of 150km-350km and the 700km-range Agni-I. The Agni-II and Agni-III are still in the process of being inducted by the ISF.

India is developing the indigenous strategic missile Agni-V, which will have intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities with a strike range in excess of 5,500km.

The canister-launch missile system is scheduled to be test fired in early 2011.

India is also developing multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRV) technology for the Agni series of ballistic missiles, which can carry multiple nuclear warheads and hit different targets simultaneously.