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Agni-IV: India Successfully Test-Fires Nuclear Strategic Ballistic Missile

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| December 23 , 2018 , 15:48 IST

India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-IV, with a strike range of 4,000 km, as part of a user trial by the Army at APJ Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast on Sunday.

This was the 7th trial of the indigenously developed Agni-IV missile which met the mission objectives.

The last trial conducted by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC) of the Indian Army on January 2, 2017, was also successful.

The sleek missile has 4000-km strike range is a two-stage missile. It is 20 meter-long weighing 17 tonnes. Agni-IV missile is equipped with state-of-the-art Avionics, 5th generation onboard computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.

Agni series of missiles was conceptualized by Indian defense planners in the 1980s keeping in view India’s threat perceptions, particularly from its neighbors.

Tessy Thomas The 'Missile Woman' is the Project Director of Agni-IV missile at DRDO.

Ballistic missiles like Agni-I, II and III and Prithvi are already in the arsenal of armed forces, giving India an effective deterrence capability.