India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-IV missile
15, Dec 2018
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- India successfully test-fired nuclear strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast as a part of user trial by the Army.
- This is the seventh trial of Agni-IV missile.
- The Agni-IV missile was designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It has a strike range of 4,000 km.
- It is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes and has many cutting-edge technologies which can meet global standards including Pershing missile of US.
- Agni-IV missile is equipped with advanced Avionics, 5th generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture.
- It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.
- It encompasses most accurate ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system (RINS) which is supported by highly reliable redundant micro navigation system (MINGS).
- Agni-1 with 700 km range
- Agni-2 with a 2,000-km range
- Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3,500-km range
- Agni-5 with a strike range of 5,000 km