N-capable Agni II missile test successful

Indigenously developed by the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation), the surface-to-surface ballistic missile was test-fired from launch pad no four of the premier missile testing centre, sources in the ITR said.

The launch was carried out by the Indian armed forces with assistance from DRDO scientists as a training exercise. The important missile has already been inducted into the Army in 2001.

DRDO sources said, the missile equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation systems reached the peak altitude of 220 km before successfully hitting the pre-fixed target in the Bay of Bengal. All the radar and telemetry systems tracked and monitored the parameters throughout the trajectory. Two naval ships stationed near the target point tracked the missile in the final stages.

Often described as the pride of India’s strategic arsenal, the 21-metre-long missile has the capability to hit a target at a distance of 2,000 km carrying both conventional as well as nuclear warheads up to one tonne. Friday’s test was important as the scheduled test launch of the missile on August 29 this year was aborted in the last minute because of technical snags.

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