India on Sunday successfully test-fired its surface to surface intermediate range ballistic missile Agni II from Wheeler’s Island in Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast.
The missile was launched at about 10.25 am by the Army as part of its routine trial from the base of Integrated Test Range (ITR) of Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), about 200 km east of Bhubaneswar.
“The two-stage vehicle launched from a mobile launcher has met all the mission objectives. Radar and electro-optical tracking systems located all along have tracked and monitored all parameters of the vehicle,” said Ravi Kumar Gupta, director, DRDO.
Having a launch weight of 17 tonne, Agni II can carry a payload of more than 1000 kg to 2000 km. The range of the missile, which can be fired from both rail and road mobile launchers, can be increased to 3000 km by reducing the payload.
The first prototype of Agni II was carried out in 1999 and has already been inducted in the defence forces.