NEW DELHI  - India on Thursday successfully test-fired its medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missile with a strike range of 2000 km as part of a user trial by the Army from the Wheeler Island off Odissa Coast. “The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted from a mobile launcher from the Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at around 8.48am,” defence sources said. Describing the launch as a complete success, ITR Director MVKV Prasad said, “all mission parameters were met during the trial of the indigenously developed missile.”

Agni-II Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) has already been inducted into the services and the test was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command of the Army with logistic support provided by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

“The 2000km range versatile missile, already inducted and part of countries arsenal for strategic deterrence, was launched as a training exercise by the Armed Forces,” a DRDO scientist said. The two-stage missile equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system, guided by a command & control system was propelled by solid rocket propellant system, he said.