India Test Fires Nuclear-Capable Agni II Missile

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India Tuesday test fired its medium-range, nuclear-capable Agni II missile from a military island off the coast of eastern state of Odisha, sources said.

“The home-made, surface-to-surface missile was test fired this morning from the Integrated Test Range in Odisha’s Balasore district as part of Indian Army’s training exercise,” sources said.

The two-stage Agni II missile, with a strike range of over 2,000 km, has already been inducted into the Indian Army. It can carry a payload of 1,000 kg, Xinhua news agency reported.

Agni is a family of medium to intercontinental range ballistic missiles developed by India, named after one of the five elements of nature – fire.

The first missile of the series, Agni I was developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and successfully test fired in 1989.

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