Dhamra/Bhadrak, Jan 20 :
Agni-IV, India’s surface-to-surface nuclear-capable missile with a range of about 4,000 km, was test-fired from the Wheeler Island, off Dhamra village on the Odisha coast, at 10.54 am today.
“The test was a hundred percent success. It has met all mission requirements. It was a developmental trial by the DRDO. It was a pre-induction test,” test range director M.V.K.V. Prasad told IANS.
Agni-IV is a strategic missile which can carry a nuclear warhead weighing about one tonne.
Agni-IV is the fourth in the Agni series of missiles which was earlier known as Agni II prime.This missile is one of its kind and represents a quantum leap in terms of missile technology. The missile is lighter in weight and has two stages of solid propulsion and a payload with re-entry heat shield.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which has developed the Agni-IV, conducted the test-firing today at the Integrated Test Range on the Wheeler Island.
The missile has already been tested thrice earlier. While the maiden launch was a failure, the next two were successful.
The two-stage missile weighs 17 tonnes and is 20 metres long.
DRDO officials had earlier said Agni-IV offered a “fantastic nuclear deterrence” because with its range of 4,000 km, “it can cover the entire area on the other side of the border.”
While the Army has already deployed Agni-I, II and III missiles, all of which are strategic missiles carrying nuclear warheads, Agni-IV and Agni-V have not been inducted into the Army yet.
The DRDO has achieved two consecutive successes including its debut flight with Agni-V, which can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tonne over a distance of 5,000 km. The DRDO will fire Agni-V from a canister in the next two or three months .
( With inputs from the Hindu Business Online and Wikipedia )