Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.

India test fires medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missile


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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level:Particulars of the missile

Mains level: The test confirms operational preparedness of the Indian Armed Forces.

Trial of Agni-II missile

  1. India on Tuesday test-fired its medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missile with a strike range of 2,000 km from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast
  2. The trial of the missile was conducted from a mobile launcher
  3. It was launched as a training exercise by the armed forces
  4. The test was carried out by the Army’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) with logistic support provided by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

Particulars of the Agni-II missile

  1. It is a surface-to-surface Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM)
  2. The state-of-the-art missile is already a part of the country’s arsenal for strategic deterrence
  3. It is a a two-stage missile, equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system and guided by a unique command and control system was propelled by solid rocket propellant system
  4. It has a launch weight of 17 tonne and can carry a payload of 1,000 kg over a distance of 2,000 km
  5. Agni-II was developed by the Advanced Systems Laboratory along with other DRDO laboratories and integrated by the Bharat Dynamics Limited

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