India’s Nuclear deterrence programme got a major boost today with the successful testing of Agni II surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
Agni II was tested from the Launch Complex at Wheeler Island off the Orissa coast on Monday morning. The 2,000 km plus range nuclear-capable missile achieved its target accurately and remained in flight for 660 seconds.
For the Defence Research and Development (DRDO), this was a case of being third time lucky. On two previous occasions in the past 1 year, DRDO had tested the Agni II missiles, but it deviated from flight path and failed on both occasions.
Agni series of missiles have already been inducted into the Indian Army arsenal as medium and long ranged missiles. Agni II will complement it further by carrying one tonne payload over a distance of 2,000 km.