Second test flight of Agni-V planned for September 15

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The first trial run of the modern missile in April was a success. (Reuters) The first trial run of the modern missile in April was a success. (Reuters)
SummaryThe first trial run of the modern missile in April was a success.

A second test flight of long range, nuclear-capable Agni-V missile might take place on September 15 from Wheeler Island on Odisha's coast, if weather permits.

"If everything goes according to plan and weather condition allows for a smooth launch, the test might be taken up on September 15 from launch pad-4," an official of Defence Research and Development Organisation said on Friday.

Scientists and officials associated with the project were quite hopeful of a good performance as the first trial on April 19, 2012 was a total success.

The official said, "Preparation in the Integrated Test Range has reached a final stage and the missile and its sub-systems have been put to last minute check. As it is a developmental trial, the missile system and battery of networks associated with the test are to be validated before going for final launch."

The surface-to-surface, three stage solid propellant missile is designed to deliver nuclear warheads of 1000 kg at a range of 5000 km, the sources said.

Standing about 17 meter tall, the state-of-the-art missile could take off from a mobile launcher with or without a canister system.

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