India on Sunday successfully test fired its nuclear-capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-IV. The missile was launched from complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island, at about 8.35 am. The surface-to-surface ballastic missile if deployed in Northeast India, can cover entire China. The missile met all the objectives during the test-fire. This was the 7th trial of Agni-IV missile. The last trial of the missile was conducted on January 2, 2018.
Here some key features of Agni-IV:
- The missile has a striking range of 4,000 Km.
- It has two stages of solid propulsion and a payload with re-entry heat shield.
- Agni-IV is equipped with modern and compact avionics to provide high level of reliability and precision.
- The missile is indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- Agni-IV missile is equipped with advanced Avionics, 5th generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture.
- It can correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.
- The missile is also equipped with Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System (RINS), supported by highly reliable redundant Micro Navigation System (MINGS) which ensures that it hits its target with great precision.
- Its length is 20 meters and launch weight 17 tonnes.
- Agni-IV can withstand temperatures in the range of 4000 degrees centigrade as it has re-entry heat shield which also makes sure that the weapon functions normally under 50 degrees centigrade.
India has also varied range of ballistic Missiles like Agni-I and Agni-II missiles, Prithvi series missiles, Shaurya missile and Sagrika missile. In addition to this we have Anti-Tank Guided missile – Nag. India also possesses Akash and Astra Missiles. If we talk about cruise missiles, India possesses deadly rahmos supersonic cruise missile. BrahMos can travel at three times the speed of sound, attaining maximum speed of Mach 3.0. Nirbhaya is another cruise missile which India is looking forward to. It is still under trial phase. Once developed Nirbahaya is said to supplement the role played by BrahMos missile.