Balasore (Orissa): After two successive
setbacks, India`s nuclear capable Agni-II missile, with a
range of 2000 kms, was Monday successfully test-fired during a
user trial by the Army from the Wheelers Island off the Orissa
"The trial of the missile from the Integrated Test Range
(ITR) was successful and met all parameters and mission
objectives," ITR Director S P Dash said.
The sleek surface-to-surface Intermediate Range Ballistic
Missile was launched at around 0915 hours from a rail mobile
system in Launch Complex-4 of ITR.
The trajectory of the missile, which has a payload
capacity of 1000 kg, was tracked by a battery of sophisticated
radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic
instruments and naval ships stationed near the impact point in
the Bay of Bengal, defence sources said.
The launch was carried out by the Strategic Forces
Command (SFC) of the Army with logistic support from
laboratories and personnel of the Defence Research and
Development Organisation (DRDO), they said.
Data generated during the test-fire was being analysed,
The successful launch followed two earlier user trials on
May 19, 2009 and the night of November 23, 2009 which could
not meet all mission parameters.
The 20-metre long Agni-II, which has been inducted into
the services, is a two-stage, solid-propelled ballistic
missile with a launch weight of 17 tonnes.
A DRDO scientist said it was a training exercise to
familiarise the end-users with different operational
Agni-II was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory
along with other DRDO laboratories and integrated by the
Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad, the sources said.
The missile is part of the Agni series which includes
Agni-I with a 700 km range and Agni-III with a 3,500 km range,
they said, adding that Agni-I has already been inducted and
Agni-III is in the process of induction.
The first trial of Agni-II was carried out on April 11,
Shortly after the launch, Defence Minister AK Antony
congratulated the DRDO and its scientists for the successful
trial of the nuclear-capable missile.
In a message, Antony conveyed his appreciation for the
contribution of DRDO scientists in making the endeavour a
success. He also spoke to DRDO chief VK Saraswat over phone,
a Defence Ministry spokesperson said here.
Saraswat and Agni Programme Director Avinash Chander were
present at the Wheelers Island during the test-firing.
"All mission objectives have been met. With this launch,
the Strategic Forces have carried out launch of all three
versions of Agni within three months demonstrating their
capability," the spokesperson said.