On Monday, India carried out a “regular user training” launch test of its nuclear-capable Agni-4 missile, reiterating the country’s credible minimum deterrence capabilities. The country’s two main nuclear missiles are Agni and Prithvi.
The Defence Ministry announced in a statement that “a successful training launch of an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile, Agni-4, was carried out at approximately 1930 hours [7.30 pm] on June 6 from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.”
“The successful test was carried out as part of the Strategic Forces Command’s routine user training launches.”
The launch “confirmed all operational parameters as well as the system’s reliability,” according to the ministry, and “reaffirms India’s policy of having a Credible Minimum Deterrence Capability.”
Agni-4 is a 4,000-kilometer-range Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile. It was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and has a payload capacity of 1,000 kg and a range of 900 kilometres.
User trials were previously conducted by the Strategic Forces Command in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. All of India’s nuclear assets are under the operational control of the Strategic Forces Command. India is one of the few countries that can launch nuclear missiles from land, air, and submarines, making it one of the few countries with the nuclear triad.