India test fires nuclear capable Agni-II missile

5 May 2017

India on Thursday successfully test fired its medium range nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni ll off the Odisha coast.

The trial of the surface to surface missile was conducted from Launch Complex 4 of Integrated Test Range  ITR  in the APJ Abdul Kalam Island in BalasoreBSE 9.99 district, said Defence Ministry officials.

The Strategic Forces Command SCF, a specially raised missile-handling unit of the Indian Army, carried out the test at 10.20 a.m.

Agni II has two solid fuel stages and a Post Boost Vehicle  PBV  integrated into the missiles Re entry Vehicle RV. The 20 metre missile is a two stage, solid propelled ballistic missile.

It has a strike range of more than 2,000 km, is 20 metres long, weighs 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1,000 kg.