Trial of Agni-II ballistic missile fails: Sources
NEW DELHI: A user-trial of the Agni-II intermediate range nuclear-capable ballistic missile by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) failed on Thursday.
Sources said the test-firing of the surface-to-surface Agni-II missile, which has a range over 2,000-km, from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast flopped within minutes of its launch at about 10.20 am. "The two-stage, solid-fuelled missile was just half a kilometre into its initial flight trajectory when things went awry. The mission had to be aborted," said a source.
The defence ministry and DRDO refused to comment on the unsuccessful test.
The Agni-I (700-km), Agni-II and Agni-III (3,000-km) missiles have already been inducted into the tri-Service SFC, which was created in 2003 to handle the country's nuclear arsenal. But it will take another couple of years to make the Agni-IV (4000-km) and Agni-V (over 5,000-km), which are specially meant for nuclear deterrence against China, fully operational.
India has tested its most ambitious Agni-V missile, which is in the class of an intercontinental ballistic missile, four times till now. While the first two tests in April 2012 and September 2013 were in "an open configuration", the missile was tested in its canister-version in January 2015 and December 2016.
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