Agni-II ballistic missile likely to be test fired

Agni-II ballistic missile likely to be test fired Orissa: The nuclear-capable
Agni-II intermediate range ballistic missile, with a range of
2000 kms, is likely to be test fired Monday from a range off
the Orissa coast during a trial by the Army, defence sources
said Sunday.



"The trial is to be conducted from the Wheelers Island,
about 120 km from here off the Orissa coast tomorrow," the
sources said.
Range integration work in the Integrated Test Range (ITR)
at Chandipur and Dhamara for trial of Agni-II missile is near
completion and if final check-up in the sub-systems of the
missile is found to be flaw-less, the mission will be taken up
tomorrow, they said.


A special strategic command force (SSC) raised by Army
would conduct the trial with necessary logistic support
provided by various laboratories of the ITR and Defence
Research and Development Organisation scientists, the sources
said.



The indigenously-built Agni-II missile is a two-stage
solid propelled ballistic missile. Its length is 21 metres,
width one metre and launch weight is 17 tonnes.



It can carry a payload of one tonne over a distance of
2,000 km. However, the range can be extended if the payload is
reduced. The missile has already been inducted into the
services and the SSC is in charge of the missile`s operation.
Agni-II was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory
along with other laboratories of DRDO and integrated by Bharat
Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad.



Private industry has participated in a big way in its
production, the sources said.



The missile is part of the Agni series which includes
Agni-I of 700 km range and Agni-III of 3,500 km range.
Agni-I has been inducted into the forces and Agni-III is
in the process of induction.



PTI