Monday, 17 May 2010

Strategic Forces Command launches Agni-II: test firing meets mission parameters














The DRDO press release on the launch of the Agni-II on 16th May 2010 is placed below:

LONG RANGE AGNI-II MISSION SUCCESSFUL

The pencil like Long range Nuclear capable Ballistic AGNI-II Missile has been successfully launched by the Strategic Forces Command at 09:18 am on 17 May 2010 (Monday) from the Wheelers Island, in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha. The Missile is launched by Strategic Forces Command thereby crediting with the launching of long range A1, A2 and A3 Missiles within a time span of five months. Two down range ships from Indian Navy located near the target have tracked and witnessed the Missile reaching the target. The AGNI-II Missile has been tested for the full range and met all the mission objectives.

The two stage solid propellant based AGNI-II Missile has 2000 kms range with a pay load capability of one ton. The missile is equipped with a state of the art Navigation system with modern techniques for taking the Missile towards designated target very accurately. Number of Radars and electro-optical tracking systems, located along the coast of Odisha have monitored the path of the Missile and evaluated all the parameters in realtime. Strategic Forces Command has carried out the total launch operations guided by the DRDO scientists.

Sri Avinash Chander, Programme Director has monitored the overall pre-launch operations. Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri Dr. V.K. Saraswat has reviewed the total operations and witnessed the launch along with other senior officials from DRDO and top brass from Strategic Forces Command

Raksha Mantri Sri A.K. Antony congratulated all the DRDO Scientists and Armed Forces personnel for the successful AGNI-II Mission.

3 comments:

joydeep ghosh said...

Ajai sir

just one question

'The Missile is launched by Strategic Forces Command thereby crediting with the launching of long range A1, A2 and A3 Missiles within a time span of five months.'

What do you mean by that

Ra said...

Congratulations to the nation and the scientists.

Unknown Soldier said...

Col Ajay,

How does the nuclear football work in the Indian context?

My understanding of Nuclear Football is a black briefcase, the contents of which is used by the President of India to authorize a nuclear attack while away from fixed command centers.