A user-trial of India's nuclear-capable two-stage Agni 2 medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha on 4 May was unsuccessful, according to official Indian defence sources.
Conducted by India's Strategic Forces Command (SFC), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-designed 2,000 km-range MRBM was just half-a-kilometre into its initial flight around 1025 h local time, before it plummeted into the Bay of Bengal.
The DRDO declined to comment on the unsuccessful trial - in which Agni 2 was launched from a mobile platform - noting that it was a 'user trial' by the SFC and 'part of a training exercise' and therefore not connected with the DRDO.
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