India steps up nuclear missile programme

09:29 - Agni II, developed by the DRDO, underwent successful testing today off the coast of Odisha

India's nuclear capability literally soared to new heights this morning following the successful testing of Agni II, the medium-range nuclear missile that has been under development by the Indian DRDO since 1979.

The missile, capable of holding a 500kg - 1,000kg nuclear payload and travelling 2000-3000km, was fitted with a dummy payload in this instance and launched at 08:49 IST.

Already under contract to the Indian Defence Forces, Agni II represents a significant step in the development of India's nuclear capability and forms part of a popular family of ballistic missiles with short to medium-range and inter-continental scopes. The main attraction of Agni II to defence forces remains its mobility, being both road and rail mobile.

Though not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, India has signed and ratified both the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention.

For more information on Agni II please refer to this link.

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