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India conducted successfully the first night trial of nuclear-capable missile ‘Agni-II’

Balasore:16/11/19: India on Saturday conducted successfully the first night trial of surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile ‘Agni-II’ from Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.

According to reports, the missile, which has a strike range of 2000 km, blasted off from a mobile launcher at the Launch Complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).

‘Agni-II’, an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) has already been inducted into the armed forces. This was the first time that the sophisticated missile was test-fired at night, a defence official said.

The entire trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and two naval ships located near the impact point in the downrange area of Bay of Bengal, DRDO sources said. The 20-metre long two-stage ballistic missile has a launch weight of 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of 2000 km.

The two-stage missile equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system was guided by a novel state-of-the-art command and control system and propelled by solid rocket propellant system

The 2000 plus km range surface-to-surface missile has already been inducted and is part of countries’ arsenal for strategic deterrence. It was launched as a regular exercise undertaken by the armed forces.

Saturday’s test was carried out by the specially formed Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

‘Agni-II’ was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory along with other DRDO laboratories and integrated by the Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad.

‘Agni-II’ is part of the Agni series of missiles which includes Agni-I with a 700 km range, Agni-III with a 3,000 km range, Agni-IV, and Agni-V both having long-range capabilities.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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