Ballistic missile Agni-IV testfired as part of user trial


New Delhi: India on Monday test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV, with a strike range of 4,000 km, from a test range off Odisha coast.

At 9:45 am, supported by a mobile launcher, the missile was flight tested from the launch complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island said DRDO officials.

“The sophisticated surface-to-surface missile is equipped with modern and compact avionics to provide high level of reliability,” as reported by media.

Agni-IV missile is equipped with 5th generation onboard computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances, they said.

The most accurate ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system (RINS) and supported by the highly reliable redundant micro-navigation system (MINGS), ensures the vehicle reaches the target within two-digit accuracy.

The re-entry heat shield can withstand temperatures in the range of 4000 degrees centigrade and makes sure the avionics function normally with inside temperature remaining less than 50 degrees centigrade.

Agni-I, II and III and Prithvi are already in the arsenal of the armed forces, giving them reach of over 3000 kms and providing the country an effective deterrence capability, they said.

Radars and electro-optical systems were positioned along the coast of Odisha for tracking and monitoring all the parameters of the missile, the sources said, adding two Indian naval ships were anchored near the target area to witness the final event.

This was the fifth trial of Agni-IV missile. The last trial conducted by SFC of the army on December 2, 2014, was successful.