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.
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.