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Updated: August 10, 2012 02:57 IST

Agni-II launch, a flawless mission

    Y. Mallikarjun
    T.S. Subramanian
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Agni-II soars into the sky on Thursday from the Wheeler Island, off Odisha. Photo courtesy: DRDO
Agni-II soars into the sky on Thursday from the Wheeler Island, off Odisha. Photo courtesy: DRDO

Hits target area, dashing across 2,000 km in 700 seconds

Agni-II soared to a spectacular success on Thursday, darting across more than 2,000 km in a flawless mission of 700 seconds.

The Army’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC), tasked with launching missiles that carry nuclear warheads, fired the missile from a platform built on a rail track on the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast.

After lifting off at 8.46 a.m., the missile climbed to a height of 220 km, then flew 2,000 km before hitting the designated target area in the Bay of Bengal with an accuracy of a few meters.

Surface-to-surface Agni-II, produced by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tonne. But in this flight, it was armed only with conventional explosives. The successful mission established the SFC’s preparedness to launch the nuclear weapons-capable Agni variants on its own, DRDO officials said.

Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister V.K. Saraswat told The Hindu from the Wheeler Island: “We are on track. The country has complete control over the design, evaluation and testing of ballistic missiles. The mission shows the perfection achieved by the armed forces to handle the Agni series of missiles.”

Mission Director Avinash Chander said the flight “most importantly, conveys our preparedness to meet any eventuality, for it was launched by the SFC.” The mission “fully validated our operational readiness to fire the missile.”

Director of Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) in Hyderabad V.G. Sekaran said: “The user [the SFC] is totally confident of handling all the activities required for the launch. Their confidence … shows that the systems are in place. The missile was taken from the production lot and handed over to the user. The mission shows the tapering of our [the DRDO’s] support for the launch campaign.”

Associate Director of Research Centre, Imarat (RCI) in Hyderabad G. Satheesh Reddy said the avionics in the missile — on-board computers, missile interface units, and control actuation, navigation and telemetry systems — functioned to their capability. D. Lakshminarayana was Vehicle Director. Director of RCI S.K. Chaudhuri and Director of the Integrated Test Range M.V.K.V. Prasad were present during the launch.

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For the benefit all those who wonder why there are repeated tests:
i) Operational training ,that is why Army SFC is part of it ii) Batch testing and validity.All major arms and ammunition are periodically tested to ensure efficacy iii) validation of upgrades iv) validation of command /control parameters/procedures.

These are just a few reasons.The USA or Russia keep on testing their trident missiles or Topol Ms and other ICBMS/SLBMS

And for those who wonder behind the freedom and luxury of their keyboards why we have to spend on them????Its called freedom and its a pity a lot of people do not realize how precious this is and how we are fighting daily to preserve it.

Our enemies are not going to be stopped by pious lectures? You think Pakistan would not have attempted to capture Kargil if we stop spending on weapons or China like a compassionate Buddha will give up its claim on Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh!!!

from:  p.v.s reddy
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 14:44 IST

Congragulations to all the DRDO staff!

from:  Karthika
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 13:19 IST

How many times we will repeat the same thing.. Please do something new.

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 11:13 IST

Good work, please keep up the good work and thank you.

from:  Vignesh
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012 at 03:08 IST

DRDO has come out with flying colours in missiles program and has been going places with one success after another.Its defence spin off of Bio digestor has found its way into our villages bringing much acclaim and gratitude of the Nation.Leadership behind the digestors do deserve Padma awards as much as those who did us proud in missiles.

However conventional systems have not received as much attention and seem to have lagged behind. It is time DRDO allocates similar resources as it gave to the missiles- now to conventional armaments & combat vehicles too.There is need to have separate lab for Air and Naval Armaments as these require specialized inputs.

from:  Air Cmde Raghubir Singh Retd
Posted on: Aug 9, 2012 at 20:49 IST

We are very happy to know the success of our missile techonology day
byday. Apart from this, we should enhance our military capability by
knowing the latest development achieved by advance countries in
defence sector such as US,China,USSR/Russia, Japan etc,etc.and move
towards this goal by increasing our defence budget rather than
spending our tax payers hard earned money on sports which is of off
colour and in depressed state. Sports may bring glory but defence
sector should be given topmost priority. Laser technology in defence
seems to pick upin tanks, submarines,guns,air and other fields.Pl
study there impact on war front. I am watching Military channel in US

from:  PVS narayana
Posted on: Aug 9, 2012 at 20:10 IST

Very good going India! India now on the track to be a super power within 2025. I think India increases nuclear weapons stockpile. India must have 500 -1000 nuclear weapons to tackle china and pakistan both.

from:  Partha
Posted on: Aug 9, 2012 at 14:53 IST

our scientist have proven many times, we are capable. Congratulations.Let us continue our efforts towards India to become superpower.

from:  P.D.Purandare
Posted on: Aug 9, 2012 at 12:46 IST

Nice to hear about the result, Keep continue DRDO

from:  karthi
Posted on: Aug 9, 2012 at 11:42 IST

Heartiest Congratulations to the team of DRDO and people working at
Agni Project.

Jai Hind.

from:  Ashutosh Ashish
Posted on: Aug 9, 2012 at 11:06 IST

Bravo DRDO. Heartiest congratulations.

from:  D.Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Aug 9, 2012 at 10:54 IST

Congratulations...

“The 2000 km range versatile missile, already inducted and part of
'countries' (country's ????) arsenal for strategic deterrence, was
launched as a training exercise by the armed forces,” a DRDO scientist
said.

from:  Ashu
Posted on: Aug 9, 2012 at 10:05 IST
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