India Successfully Test Fires Indigenous DRDO Make Agni IV Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

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Anupama Airy

At 1140 hours on January 2, 2017 India successfully test fired yet another nuclear capable ballistic missile—Agni IV from Balasore, Odisha. This success assumes significance as it comes just a week after the test firing of its most lethal long range Agni-V ballistic missile on December 26.

Indigenously designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Agni IV has the capacity to carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead over a distance of 4000 km. DRDO sources said the successful flight
test of Agni-IV was carried from a road-mobile launcher on Abdul Kalam island, off the Odisha coast.

The missile with a long range of up to 4,000 km is a two-stage surface-to-surface missile that is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes. The present successful test is the sixth and Agni IV has been launched five times earlier in 2011, 2012, twice in 2014 and once in 2015. All the five were successful trails.

In contrast to Agni-IV, Agni-V is the latest in India’s “Agni” family missiles and is the most lethal and recently tested missile with a range of over 5000 km. Weighing about 50 tonnes, Agni-V is 17 meter long and can carry about a 1,000-kg warhead over the distance of over 5000 kms.

The continuous test firing of indigenous ballistic missiles by India clearly sends a strong message across to its neighbours including China and Pakistan. The fifth successful launch of Agni-IV also added yet another feather in DRDO’s cap that recently test fired India’s longest range nuclear capable Ballistic Missile Agni-V.

DRDO has also conducted successful trials of long ballistic missile K-4 from submarine INS Arihant along with successful user trials of Prithvi-II, BrahMos, Agni-I, Akash, Dhanush and Astra missiles, displaying India’s self-reliance in advanced missile technology development programme.

Facts On India’s Ballistic Missile Agni-IV

· Fourth in the Agni series, Agni IV is long-range nuclear capable missile

· Indigenously Developed by DRDO, Agni-IV is propelled by composite rocket motor technology.

· The missile has the capacity to carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead over a distance of 4000 km

· Agni-IV missile is a two stage surface to surface missile, with both stages powered by solid propellants.

· The missile is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics V-12 fifth generation on-Board Computer.

· The missile is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes.

· Agni IV is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, which include indigenously developed ring laser gyro and composite rocket motor.

· Designed to increase the kill efficiency along with a higher range performance.

· Agni-IV has undergone five successful flight tests over the course of five years. This test of Agni-IV is the sixth test of the missile.

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