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Nuclear-capable missile Agni-IV test fired from Wheeler Island

Dec 2, 2014 18:30 IST

Nuclear capable missile Agni-IV was test fired on 2 December 2014 from Integrated Test Range in Wheeler Island, Odisha. The test fired was conducted by Strategic Force Command (SFC) of Indian Army.

This was the fourth successful trial in a series. The long range Radars and Electro-Optical Tracking systems (EOTS) located all along the coast tracked and monitored all the parameters throughout the flight.

The missile carrying one tonne war head splashed down near its pre-designated target point in Indian Ocean.

Agni-IV is a surface-to-surface missile with 4000 km range and 20 meter-long indigenously developed missile.

The missile is a two-stage, weighing 17 tonne and 20-metre tall.  Agni-IV is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics, a fifth generation on-board computer and distributed architecture. It also has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.

The missile’s most accurate Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS) and supported by highly reliable redundant Micro Navigation System (MINGS), ensures the vehicle reach the target within two digit accuracy.

Agni-IV has already been inducted into the Army.  Agni-I (700 Km), Agni-II (2000km) and Agni-III (3000 km) and Prithvi II (350 km) are already in the arsenal of armed forces.

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