India on Sunday conducted a trial flight of its nuclear-ready Agni 2 missile, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
"The medium-range Agni 2 missile, with a strike range of over [1,243 miles], was test-fired from Wheeler Island off Odisha coast at 10:20 a.m.," according to informed insiders. "The Agni 2 missile carried a dummy payload instead of a nuclear warhead during this test. The test-firing conducted by the Strategic Forces Command of the Indian army was successful."
A trial launch is planned for June of the most sophisticated missile in the Agni family, the Agni 5, which has a maximum flight distance of slightly more than 3,100 miles.
The Agni 5 test is among several planned in coming months for components of India's nuclear deterrent that have yet to enter into military service, the Times of India reported on Monday. Also anticipated are maritime testing of the submarine INS Arihant, the trial launch of the K-15 submarine-launched ballistic missile, and a tryout for the nation's antimissile technology, according to anonymous insiders.