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'Very minor' motor glitch likely to have stopped Agni-II test flight

A 'very minor' glitch in the motor is likely to have caused problems in the test firing of an Agni-2 missile off the coast of Odisha as the missile could not meet all the desired parameters in the firing done on May 4 last month.

"Prima facie it appears that there was a minor glitch in the motor of the missile which may have led to the missile not meeting all the desired parameters," defence sources told Mail Today here.

The sources, however, said the detailed reason about the tests are being analysed for finding out the causes in detail behind the test not meeting the full expectations as the missile is already operationalised and in the armed forces.


India, on May 4, test-fired its medium-range nuclear-capable Agni-II missile having a strike range of more than 2,000 kms from an island off the Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the strategic forces command.

The test, however, did not meet all the desired parameters which was conducted from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on Abdul Kalam Island, they said.

Agni-II has already been inducted into the services and the test was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) as part of a training exercise.

The two-stage missile equipped with advanced highaccuracy navigation system was propelled by solid rocket propellant system, the sources told Mail Today.


Agni-II, which has a length of 20 metres, weighs 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of 2000 km.
It is a part of the Agni series of missiles developed by the DRDO which includes Agni-I (700-km range), Agni-III (3,000 kms), Agni-IV (4,000 kms) and Agni-V (more than 5,000 kms).

The last user trial of Agni-II that was conducted on November 9, 2014, from the same base was a success.

From time to time, the SFC carries out tests of missiles in its inventory from different production batches to check the effectiveness of the weapon systems in its stock.

The nuclear warhead carrying missiles are mainstay of Indian nuclear 'no first strike policy' and have been developed as reliable as credible weapon systems.

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