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India Successfully Test Fires Nuclear Capable Agni-IV
Nov 14, 2015

On November 9, India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV, capable of hitting a target at a distance of 4,000 km, from newly named Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

Key Features

  • The missile, which is about 20 metres tall and weighs 17 tons was flight tested from the launch complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island. 

  • It has met all objectives as monitored and confirmed by the telemetry and ships located in the down range monitored the terminal event which is the explosion of the dummy warhead.

  • The sophisticated surface-to-surface missile is equipped with modern and compact avionics to provide high level of reliability.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The re-entry heat shield can withstand temperatures in the range of 4,000 degrees centigrade and makes sure the avionics function normally with inside temperature remaining less than 50 degrees centigrade.

  • The launch was spearheaded by India's missile woman Ms. Tessy Thomas. 

  • This fire and forget missile is navigated using a jam proof ring laser gyroscope

  • This was the fifth trial of Agni-IV missile. 

  • The last trial conducted by SFC of the army on December 2, 2014 was successful.

  • India already has battery of nuclear capable missile like, the Agni series, Prithvi series and the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile.


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