Bhubaneswar, January 2: India’s ballistic missile, Agni-IV has been successfully flight-tested at 11:00 am from Balasore, Odisha today. India’s strategic missile Agni-IV is a two-stage, surface-to-surface missile that is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes. It has the capacity to carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead over a distance of 4,000 km.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has designed and developed the missile. As per report, the tri-Services’ Strategic Forces Command (SFC), which is entrusted with India’s nuclear weapons, will fire the missile. On December 26 last year, the DRDO successfully test-fired Agni-V, with a range of more than 5,000 km from a canister mounted on a road-mobile launcher on the Abdul Kalam Island. Agni-IV is the sixth test of the missile and second user associate launch.This is second user associate launch from the Wheeler Island and the sixth test of the missile. Agni-IV is the fourth in the Agni series of missiles and has been developed by India’s DRDO. Agni IV can take a warhead of 1 tonne and is designed to increase the kill efficiency along with a higher range performance.
This indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear capable missile is the most advanced long-range ballistic missile capable of being launched within minutes from a self-contained road mobile launcher. Having a strike range of around 4,000 km, the two-stage solid propelled missile is 20 metre tall and weighs around 17 tonnes. Compared to the Pershing missile of the US in terms of technology, Agni-IV has many cutting-edge technologies which can meet global standards.