Balasore: India successfully tested the medium-range ‘Agni-2’ ballistic missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. This missile, capable of hitting a target up to 2000 kilometres has passed all the test parameters set and conducted by the ‘Defence Research and Development Organisation’ (DRDO), including the test fire. The Indian agencies informed that this has increased the capacity of the ‘Agni-2’, which has already been commissioned in the Indian army.
‘Agni-2’ was test fired at 8:38 in the morning on Tuesday, from the ‘Abdul Kalam’ Island near the Odisha coast. The test launch from a mobile launcher, was attended by the officers from the ‘Strategic Forces Command’ (SFC) of the Indian army and DRDO. This surface to surface missile is 20 metres long and its ‘Medium Range Ballistic Missile’ version is deployed with the Indian army. But, the Indian Defence agencies took the next step and tested the ‘Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile’ (IRBM). The success adds to the capabilities of the Indian army and this IRBM Agni-2 will soon be deployed with the Indian army.
‘Agni-2’ capable of carrying 1000 kilograms of explosives, weighs 17 tons. The tests, till now, show that this missile is capable of hitting a target in the range of 2000 to 3500 kilometres. But, the former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam had claimed that this missile is capable of hitting a target at 3700 kilometres. 95% of China is covered by the range of this missile.