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India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile

Jan 20, 2014 16:42 IST

India on 20 January 2014 test-fired nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile with a range of 4000 kilometers from Wheeler Island in Dhamra of Odisha Coast. The missile was launched from the launch complex number 4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) of Wheeler Island.

DRDO conducted the test-firing today at the Integrated Test Range on the Wheeler Island.

About Agni-IV
It is the fourth missile in the series of Agni missiles. It was earlier known as Agni-II prime
• In missile technology, Agni represents a quantum leap of its own type
• With light weight, the missile has two stages of solid propulsion and a payload with re-entry heat shield
• Earlier, the missile has been tested three times
• Agni-IV was developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
• It is 20 meters in length weighs 17 tonnes and carries a pay load of one tonne
• Yet Agni-IV and Agni-V has not been inducted in Army, whereas other variants of the same, Agni-I, II and III has been inducted in Army. Agni, I, II and III

Apart from this, the DRDO will fire Agni-V with a range distance of 5000 kilometer carrying a nuclear warhead of one tonne from a canister in next two to three months.

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