Agni-II test-fired successfully

The 2,000-km range surface-to-surface Agni-II ballistic missile was successfully flight tested from Wheeler’s Island in the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Odisha, to enhance the Strategic Forces Command (SFC)’s tactical edge. 
There was something more significant in the flight test apart from just the satisfactory delivery of the missile to a pre-designated target point in Bay of Bengal with an accuracy of only a few metres. 
“There has been a technological development as well in this class of missile. 
The missile has been given manoeuvrable re-entry. This means that after the missile is fired and re-enters the atmosphere, its path can be navigated to hit the target,” VK Saraswat, director-general of Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) said after Thursday’s test. 
 The nuclear-capable Agni-II missile has a length of 20m and a launch weight of 17 tonnes. It can carry a payload of 1,000kg and has al
ready been inducted into the armed forces. The flight test was conducted by SFC as part of a plan to improve its preparedness. The missile test fired on Thursday was picked from the production line for the weapons which are being manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL), in Hyderabad. 
The two-stage solid propellant Agni-II, which was test fired at 8.46am from mobile launcher from the Launch Complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR), met all mission parameters. Two ships located near the target point tracked the terminal face path of the vehicle and witnessed the final event. The radars and electro-optical tracking stations tracked and monitored the vehicle. 
During Thursday’s flight test, all systems, propulsion, control actuators, onboard computers, missile interface units and navigation guidance systems functioned to satisfaction. 

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