By Odisha Story Bureau, Balasore:
Can carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead over a distance of 4,000 km
A week after the successful test of long-range ballistic missile Agni-V, today another strategic and ballistic missile, Agni-IV has been successfully test fired from Abdul Kalam Island, Balasore, Odisha.
Agni-IV is a surface-to-surface, two-stage missile which is 20 metres long with a weight of 17 tonnes. Agni-IV has the capacity to carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead over a distance of 4,000 km. It is the sixth test of the missile and second user associate launch.
According to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) sources, supported by a mobile launcher, the surface-to-surface missile was flight tested from launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island, at about 11.55 hours.
Agni-IV missile is equipped with state-of-the-art Avionics, 5th generation on board computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.