| GEO World|
| India tests Agni II intermediary ballistic missile|
| Updated at: 0910 PST, Monday, May 17, 2010|
NEW DELHI: India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable intermediate range ballistic missile Agni II off the coast of the eastern state of Orissa, media reported Monday.
The indigenous built Agni II intermediate range ballistic missile which has a range of 2,000 kms was testfired from Wheeler's Island off the Orissa coast under the supervision of senior Indian Army officials and the Defense Research and Development Organization scientists, the sources said.
The Agni-II is a medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) with two solid fuel stages and a Post Boost Vehicle (PBV) integrated into the missile's Re-entry Vehicle.
The nuclear capable 2,000-km-plus range missile has a length of 21 meters, a diameter of one meter, weighs 17 tons and can carry a payload of around 1,000 kg. It was first tested on April 11, 1999.
The Agni-II is always be in a ready-to-fire mode and can be launched within 15 minutes as compared to almost half a day of preparation for the previous generation Agni-TD.