India postpones latest Agni missile launch

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  1. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    NEW DELHI, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- India postponed until next week a test-firing of its indigenously built Agni II ballistic nuclear capable missile due to a technical glitch.

    The two-stage surface-to-surface missile was to be tested by its Strategic Forces Command from Wheeler Island off the Bay of Bengal on Monday, a report in the Indian Express newspaper said.

    "But we had to postpone the test due to technical problems," Avinash Chander, director of the Agni missile program, said.

    The day next week for the launch is not decided, said Chander, who gave no reason for the failure.

    But previous missile failures have been blamed on guidance problems.

    There also were doubts about continuous rainfall in Balasore near the test-firing range over the past three days.

    India has a checkered history of launching indigenously built missiles, including the Agni I, II and III weapons.

    The basic Agni series includes the single-stage 450-mile range Agni I, already inducted into service, and the two-stage Agni II and III models.

    The 1,200-mile range Agni II was inducted into the army in 2004 and still is undergoing test-firings. The 65-foot missile weighs around 17 tons and can carry a 1-tonne payload.

    The 2,000-mile range Agni III is in the last stages of development.

    The solid-propellant Agni series of ballistic missiles are manufactured by Bharat Dynamics, one of India's major manufacturers of munitions and missile systems founded in 1970 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

    Bharat Dynamics also manufactures India's Konkurs anti-tank missile.

    Agni-II has been developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory along with other laboratories under the government-backed Defense Research and Development Organization.

    India's main missile test launch center is Wheeler Island -- just over 1 mile long and 6 miles off the country's east coast in the Bay of Bengal and about 90 miles from Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of Orissa state.

    It was from Wheeler Island that Agni III, with a range of just over 2,000 miles, was successfully test-launched from a mobile launcher in February last year.

    During a test launch the following month, a Prithvi missile veered off its path, failing to reach its required altitude of around 70 miles. It climbed to around 45 miles before tumbling back into the Bay of Bengal.

    Then in September, the DRDO acknowledged guidance problems that caused a failure in another Prithvi missile test launch. The surface-to-surface missile remained on the launch pad during a trial in Chandipur, Orissa.

    The short-range, 4.6-tonne nuclear-capable missile became enveloped in orange smoke and the launch was aborted, officials from the DRDO said at the time.

    "The failure to lift Prithvi II was due to a snag either in the main missile or the sub-system, including the launcher," a DRDO spokesman said.



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  3. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    I though the real reason was chines ship in the test area.
     
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    Well in the time of testing, there are failures , also postponement does happen.

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    Ya china is beginning to play too much...Srilanka is now full of PLA with their covert intelligence operations on india. They are working hard in Myanmar, Pak, PoK, Nepal and recently in Indian ocean with the disguise of mineral exploration. Many chinese companies have recently started work in India that has CCP support like Huawei in Bangalore.
    What they are actually doing may be known to RAW and NSA!. I think the US consulates in different states of India are watching these chinese companies more than Indian intelligence themselves...

    What are you going to do, china?. Come, take all our secrets. Also chinese themselves dont believe their own officers as revealed by their Jin about china's spy secrets recently .
     
  6. captonjohn

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    This may be reason but we can not sure about it because official delay and failure often happens. Can't ignore chinese spy ship's presence near Colombo. It seems Shri Lanka has started having anti-Indian posture.
     
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    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    @Saya....I guess now we know there is far more meets the eye when a missile test gets postponed than just weather and this list includes spy ships and i would think Satellite cross over timeings, Submarines snooping around etc.,
     
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    well seeing the Indian stance on any issue of chinese involvement... its pretty clear that they will call it anything like snag to delay it and make it out of pla observation. downplaying chinese role to avoid public dissonance and policy change. as it may b counter productive and lethal at current level of prep. moreover sri lanka and countries in our neighbor should be made neutral if not pro India.
     

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