India successfully test fires Agni-II missile

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Bhubaneswar, May 19: India successfully tested the nuclear capable Agni-II missile from a defence base in Orissa on Tuesday, May 19.The Agni-II missile was test fired with a range of over 2,000 km from the Wheeler's Island near Dhamara, 150 km from Bhubaneshwar at 1006 hrs IST.

The Agni-II missile, which is a part of India's Integrated Guidied Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) is 20 meters long and weighs 16 tonnes. The missile can carry a payload of around 1,000kg and its range can also be increased to 3,000km by reducing the pay load.

The official sources said that, it was a 'user trial' and the aim of the test was to give the army confidence to fire the missile on its own."It can be fired from both rail and road mobile launchers. It takes only 15 minutes for the missile to be readied for firing," the sources said.

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