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India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-IV missile

The last trial was conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Indian Army from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast on January 2, 2018.

Dec 24, 2018 09:12 IST
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India on December 23, 2018 successfully test fired nuclear-capable long-range Inter Continental Ballistic Missile Agni-IV.  The strategic surface-to-surface missile was flight tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.

This was the 7th trial of Agni-IV missile. The test was part of a user trial by the Indian Army.

The last trial was conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Indian Army from the same base on January 2, 2018.

About Agni-IV missile

The Agni-IV missile was designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It has a strike range of 4,000 km.

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.

Agni-IV missile is equipped with advanced 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).

Note

India has an armory of the Agni series missiles:

  • Agni-1 with 700 km range
  • Agni-2 with a 2,000-km range
  • Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3,500-km range
  • Agni-5 with a strike range of 5,000 km

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