The experimental launch of a new intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) Agni II Prime, has failed on Friday after the missile deviated from the trajectory and nosedived into the sea. The new missile with a range of more than 3,000 kms deviated soon after its lift-off at 10.05 am from the Wheeler Island at the Integrated Test Range, Balasore, off the Orissa coast. Agni II Prime is a new and upgraded version of Agni II which has a range of 2,000 kms. This is basically aimed at filling the gap between Agni II and Agni III with the latter having a range of more then 3,500 kms. New technologies introduced into the missile to make it lighter were providing it greater thrust.