India Test Fires Agni-IV Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed Agni-IV nuclear-capable ballistic missile, with a range of 4000 km, on Dec. 23.

The missile was launched at around 8.35 am local time from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at the Dr. Abdul Kalam Island (formerly known as Wheeler Island), an island off the coast of Odisha state located in eastern India.

The launch was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) as part of a “user trial in operational configuration”. SFC manages country’s tactical and strategic nuclear weapons arsenal.

This was the 7th trial of Agni-IV missile. DRDO sources described the trial as a “complete success”, adding that all mission objectives were met during the test-fire. All radars, tracking systems and range stations tracked and monitored the flight performance of the missile, which was launched from a mobile launcher, they added.

Agni-IV is a strategic surface-to-surface missile (SSM) being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is a two-stage missile powered by solid propellant and has a range of around 4000 km. As per the range, the missile is classified as an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).

The missile has a length of 20 meters, a launch weight of 17 tonnes and is capable of carrying a warhead of 1 tonne. It is equipped with many state-of-the-art technologies like composite rocket motors, very high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS), Micro Navigation System (MINGS), Digital Controller System and a 5th generation On Board Computer.

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