India successfully test-fires Agni IV missile


24 Mar 2015
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BALASORE: India today successfully
test-fired its nuclear-capable
strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV
with a strike range of 4000 km as
part of a user trial from a test range
off Odisha coast.
Supported by a mobile launcher, the
surface-to-surface missile was flight
tested from launch complex-4 of the
Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr
Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known
as Wheeler Island, at about 11.55
hours, Defence Research and
Development Organisation (DRDO)
sources said.
Describing the trial as successful,
they said this was the 6th trial of the
indigenously developed Agni-IV
missile which met the mission
objectives. The last trial conducted
by the specially formed strategic
force command (SFC) of Indian Army
on November 9, 2015 was also
The sleek missile having 4000 km
strike range is a two stage missile. It
is 20 meter-long weighing 17
"The sophisticated surface-to-
surface missile is equipped with
modern and compact avionics to
provide high level of reliability,"
DRDO sources said.
Agni-IV missile is equipped with
state-of-the-art Avionics, 5th
generation on board computer and
distributed architecture. It has the
latest features to correct and guide
itself for in-flight disturbances.
The most accurate Ring Laser Gyro
based Inertial Navigation System
(RINS) and supported by highly
reliable redundant Micro Navigation
System (MINGS), ensures the vehicle
reaches the target within two digit
accuracy, they said.
The re-entry heat shield can
withstand temperatures in the
range of 4000 degree centigrade and
makes sure the avionics function
normally with inside temperature
remaining less than 50 degree
centigrade. Ballistic missiles like
Agni-I, II and III and Prithvi are
already in the arsenal of armed
forces, giving India an effective
deterrence capability.
Radars and electro-optical systems
had been positioned along the coast
of Odisha for tracking and
monitoring all the parameters of the
missile, the sources said, adding two
Indian naval ships anchored near the
target area to witness the final
The successful trial of Agni IV came
close on the heels of a similar test
on December 26, 2016 of long range
missile Agni 5 which was
successfully carried out from the
same launch site.

India successfully test-fires Agni IV missile - The Economic Times
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