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Indian SFC to test nuclear-capable Agni II today news
29 August 2011

Balasore, Orissa: India's nuclear capable, Agni-II, a medium range ballistic missile, will be test-fired as part of user trials by the Indian Army and the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) from the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island off Orissa coast today.

AgniThe Agni-II, a nuclear capable missile, can hit targets beyond 2,000 km and up to a distance of 3,500 km with varying payloads.

"The trial of the indigenously made sophisticated missile is to be conducted from the ITR in the Wheelers Island, about 70 km from Chandipur defence base sea," defence sources said today.

Range integration work in the ITR for the proposed trial of Agni-II missile is complete and after a final check-up of the missiles sub-systems, the flight test will be conducted today, sources said.

The user trial by the army and the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) would be conducted with logistic support provided by the ITR, sources said.

Sources confirmed that all necessary preparations for the trial had been completed and if everything goes well, the trial will be conducted as per schedule.

Senior officials, experts and scientists would be present during the trial, they said.

Agni-II is a ready-to-fire missile with a launch time of about 15 minutes.

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