India Test Fires Nuclear-Capable Agni-II Missile
BHUBANESWAR: India on Thursday successfully test fired its medium-range nuclear capable(सक्षम) ballistic missile Agni-ll off the Odisha coast. The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted (संचालित) from Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) in the APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Balasore district, said Defence Ministry officials. The Strategic Forces Command (SCF), a specially raised(उठाया) 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 missile's Re-entry Vehicle (RV). The 20-metre missile is a two-stage, solid propelled (चालित) 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.