India test-fires Agni-II ballistic missile as part of user trial in Odisha

Arkadev Ghoshal
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India test-fired Agni-II ballistic missile in Odisha on Thursday, May 4. The launch came just two days after the test of a BrahMos missile in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Thursday's test, from Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha, took place at 10.22 am. It was said to be a user trial.

Part of the Agni family that acts as India's missile-based strategic nuclear deterrence system, Agni-II is a medium-range ballistic missile MRBM that has two solid-fuel stages and a Post-Boost Vehicle to help it reach its target. These are integrated into its re-entry vehicle.

Agni-II has been designed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited.

The current iteration of the Agni-II is a nuclear-capable missile that is 20 metres long and has a full strike range of 2,000-3,500 km, depending on the weight of the payload it is carrying.