India successfully tests fired its nuclear-capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-IV. This was the 7th trial of Agni-IV missile.
The strategic surface-to-surface Agni IV missile was flight tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.
Agni-IV is a two-stage surface-to-surface nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile. It has been designed and developed indigenously by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Agni-IV is 20 meters long and weighs 17 tonnes. It has many cutting-edge technologies which can meet global standards including Pershing missile of US.
Agni-IV is fire and forget missile navigated using a jam-proof ring laser gyroscope. Its re-entry heat shield can withstand temperatures in the range of over 4,0000
Agni-IV is equipped with state-of-the-art Avionics, 5th generation onboard computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.
Equipped with the most accurate ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system (RINS) and supported by highly reliable redundant micro-navigation system (MINGS) that ensures it hit the target within two-digit accuracy.
Agni-IV can carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead over a distance of 4,000 kilometers. It can be fired from locations deeper in the Indian hinterland, making it very difficult for the enemy to track and destroy it. The missile also possesses a submarine launch capability.