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Nuclear-capable Agni-II missile test-fired successfully

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    Fresh user trial of Agni-II on Monday from Wheeler's Island off Orissa coast

    After two failures in a row, a flight test of Agni-II, nuclear weapon capable intermediate range surface-to-surface missile, is scheduled to be conducted from the Wheeler's Island off the Orissa coast on May 17.

    A team from the Strategic Forces Command will conduct the “user trialâ€￾ of the 2,000 km plus range weapon system.

    It will be picked up randomly from the production lot since the missile has already been inducted.

    Defence Research and Development Organisation officials told The Hindu that the test was meant to re-establish confidence and confirm the missile's readiness in the wake of two failed flight tests in May and November last year.

    On both the occasions, Agni-II tumbled into the sea after losing its speed and deviating from its flight path, just before the separation of the second stage of the missile. The two trials were carried out by Strategic Forces Command personnel as part of user training exercise.

    The officials attributed the failure during the previous tests to “quality-related problemsâ€￾ and said there was “no fundamental flawâ€￾ with the design.

    With the successful test-firing of the 3,500-km plus range Agni-III in February and the 700-km range Agni-I in March this year, this would be the first time that all the three Agni class of missiles will be tested in such a short time.

    The two-stage solid-propelled, Agni-II is 21 metres tall and capable of carrying a payload of one tonne to a distance of 2,000 km.

    It has a special navigation system to improve accuracy and a manoeuvring re-entry vehicle enabling it to change course during re-entry.

    It is also equipped with anti-ballistic missile defence counter measures.
     
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    will be sitting fingers crossed. we need this test to be successful for further advancements.
     
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    Agni-II, the intermediate range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, one of the key weapon systems of India's nuclear deterrence programme, was successfully flight-tested from the Wheeler Island off the Orissa coast on Monday.

    The 2,000 km plus range nuclear-capable missile was fired by personnel of the Strategic Forces Command from the Launch Complex on the Island at 9.18 a.m. It achieved its full range and splashed down at the pre-designated target in the sea with high degree of accuracy after a flight duration of about 660 seconds, a top Defence Research and Development (DRDO) official told The Hindu.

    Two naval ships tracked the vehicle homing on to the target, while a network of radars, telemetry and electro-optical instruments monitored the trajectory.

    This was the third time that Agni-II was tested in the last one year. On the previous two occasions, the missiles failed to meet the respective mission objectives after they deviated from the flight path and nosedived into the sea during the separation of the second stage of the vehicles.

    Agni-II, developed as part of medium and long range Agni series of missile systems, has already been inducted into the Armed Forces. It is a two-stage solid propelled system and equipped with a special navigation system to achieve high degree of accuracy.The system also is provided with anti-ballistic defence counter measures. It is capable of carrying one tonne payload over a distance of 2,000 km.

    Top brass from the Armed Forces besides Scientific adviser to Defence Minister and Director-General, DRDO, V.K.Saraswat and Director, Advanced Systems Laboratory, Avinash Chander were present during the launch.
    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article431917.ece
     
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