Agni-II test fire fails to achieve desired parameters

05 May 2017 | By Vaneet Randhawa

India test-fired its Agni-II missile from an island near the Odisha coast.

The trial, however, failed to meet the desired parameters.

Though Agni-II is already inducted into the forces, the test conducted yesterday from Launch Complex-4 of the ITR was initiated by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) as part of a practice exercise.

The trial was conducted from a mobile launcher.

In context: Agni-II fails a trial test

IntroductionAgni-II: Making India a power to be reckoned with

The Agni-II is a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) with 2 solid fuel stages.

Its Post-Boost Vehicle (PBV) is united into the missile's Re-entry Vehicle (RV).

On 17 May 2010, the test was administered with a special strategic command force (SSC) from the Wheelers Island off Orissa coast which made Agni-II missile operational to the army.

Agni-II: Takes 15 minutes to launch

Unlike the previous generation Agni TD that took half a day's preparation, the Agni-II is always in a ready-to-fire mode and can be launched within 15 minutes.
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09 Nov 2014Agni-II test fired successfully

India successfully test-fired Agni-II, its nuclear weapon-capable ballistic missile for 2,000km (its full strike range) from Wheeler Island off the Odisha Coast.

The missile was fired by members of the Strategic Forces Command from a mobile launcher.

The 20-metre-tall Agni-II climbed an elevation of 600 km and then started descent into impact point in the Bay of Bengal.

05 May 2017Agni-II test fire fails to achieve desired parameters

Other failuresOther missiles that missed their mark

In December 2016, the Indian Air Force's home-grown beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) failed its trial.

This 'Astra missile' erupted soon after being fired from the aircraft.

Subsequently, India's nuclear-capable Nirbhay too proved to be unsuccessful.

Test-fired on 21 December, this was the 3rd time that a Nirbhay missile trial had failed since March 2013.