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Indian Armed Forces successfully tested Agni II ballistic missiles

Today, the Indian armed forces have successfully tested a nuclear-capable Agni-II ballistic missile with a range of over 2 kilometers.

The surface-to-surface missile was launched from a mobile launcher on Wheeler Island, off the coast of the eastern Indian state of Orissa. The launch was made at about 9.40 am local time (7.10 Moscow time).

The missile flight trajectory was tracked by radars, electron-optical systems and telemetry stations on the coast. After reaching an altitude of 600 kilometers, the rocket fell into the waters of the Bay of Bengal, next to a pre-planned target, the Hindu newspaper reported, citing its own sources.

The length of the two-stage Agni-II rocket is 20 meters and its weight is about 17 tons. The warhead weighs about one ton. Other missiles of the Agni family are already in service with the Indian armed forces.

The Indian Armed Forces currently possess land (ballistic missiles of various ranges of the Agni and Prithvi2 families) and air (Dassault Mirage-2000 and SEPECAT Jaguar aircraft) nuclear warheads. In January 2014, the Indian Navy successfully completed the initial tests of the first nuclear Indian-built submarine "Arihant" (INS Arihant).



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