India test-fires nuclear capable strategic ballistic missile

NEW DHELI: India test-fired on Sunday a nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile, Agni-II, according to Indian media reports.
The missile has a range of over 2,000 kilometres and has been inducted into the Indian army’s strategic forces arsenal for nuclear deterrence.
A report said the medium-range missile is equipped with an advanced high-accuracy navigation system and guided by a state-of-the-art command and control system which is powered by a solid rocket propellant system.
The two-stage surface-to-surface missiles range could be increased to 3,000 kilometres by reducing its payload, the report said, adding that the missile could be fired from both rail and road mobile launchers.
The Agni-II ballistic missile would take only 15 minutes to be readied for firing. India has first successfully test-fired Agni-II prototype in 1999.

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