India on 2 January 2017 successfully test-fired Long Range Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile Agni-IV from the Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
The test flight of this intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was aimed at revalidating new technologies incorporated in the system and also for checking the readiness of armed forces to launch the missile on its own.
About Agni-IV missile
• It was designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
• It is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes and has many cutting-edge technologies which can meet global standards including Pershing missile of US.
• It is equipped with state-of-the-art Avionics, 5th generation on-board computer and distributed architecture.
• It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.
• It encompasses most accurate ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system (RINS) which is supported by highly reliable redundant micro navigation system (MINGS).
• It can carry about one tonne of nuclear warhead over a distance of 4000 kilometres.
It was the sixth test of the missile and the last test was conducted on 9 November 2015 by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC) of the Indian Army.