Agni-II prime to be test-fired again on August 29

After the unsuccessful maiden test-firing of of Agni-II prime, a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of 2,500 km to 3,000 km in December last year, DRDO is planning to test the missile once again on August 29.

DRDO sources said the test-firing would be done from Wheeler's Island in Bay of Bengal.

On December 10, the maiden test-firing of the missi;e ended in a massive failure after the missile dropped off into the sea a few seconds after it was launched from Wheeler Island. The Agni-II prime, a modified version of Agni-II, is an intermediary between Agni-II and Agni-III. It has two stages and both are powered by solid propellants.

DRDO officials said they hoped that the test-firing would add teeth to India's nuclear deterrence. The Agni-II prime or A-2, manufactured by DRDO's Advanced System Laboratory (ASL) in Hyderabad, has a longer range and higher performance with respect to the thrust and weight ratio than Agni-II missile. The new missile was expected to perform better at various levels in terms of accuracy, strength and distance covered in comparison to Agni-II.

Agni II prime can carry extra fuel and will have a new motor in its re-entry vehicle for better manoeuvrability, a flex nozzle in the second stage to avoid anti-ballistic missile defences and an improved navigation system. New technologies introduced into the missile to make it lighter have also provided it with greater thrust.

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