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Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile Agni-4 Successfully Test-Fired

The test was conducted under the aegis of the strategic forces command

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Raju Vernekar
Raju Vernekar
Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

INDIA. MUMBAI: On Monday morning, a successful training launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-IV was carried out from complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island (earlier Wheeler Island) in Odisha, according to the Defence Ministry.

The test-fire took place around 1930 hours as part of routine user training launches conducted by the Strategic Forces Command. The launch validated all operational parameters as well as the system’s dependability. According to the statement, the successful test reaffirms India’s policy of having a Credible Minimum Deterrence Capability.

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During the test fire, the radar and electro-optical systems were positioned along the coast of Odisha to monitor all missile parameters, and two Indian Navy ships were anchored near the target area to witness the event, official sources said.

The test was described s a complete success, and the mission objectives were met during the test fire. All radars monitored the missile’s flight performance and launched with the support of a mobile launcher.

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The indigenously developed sophisticated Agni-IV having a 4,000 km strike range, is a two-stage missile. It is lighter in weight and uses a two-stage rocket engine powered by solid propellant. It is 20 meters long with a weight of 17 tonnes. The test was part of a user trial by the Army.

Agni-IV missile is equipped with advanced Avionics, a 5th generation onboard computer, and distributed architecture. It is equipped with a feature to correct itself for in-flight disturbances.

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Agni-IV is the fourth in the Agni series of missiles, earlier known as Agni II prime. It has been developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation ( DRDO). It displays significant improvement in missile technology. It is lightweight and has two stages of solid propulsion and a payload with a re-entry heat shield. It can strike targets in nearly all of mainland China if launched from the northeastern part of India. It is one of a kind, proving many new technologies for the first time, and represents a significant leap in India’s missile technology, DRDO sources said.

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  • Raju Vernekar

    Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

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