India on Saturday successfully conducted the first night trial of Agni-II, the versatile surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile. The trial was conducted from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. This was the first time that the sophisticated missile was test-fired at night.
According to reports, the test was carried out by the specially formed Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
It may be mentioned here that the Agni-II is an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) and has already been inducted into the armed forces. The two-stage ballistic missile can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of 2000 km.