India conducted a firing test of new nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile 1511112
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Defense News - India
|Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 12:01 AM|
|India conducted a firing test of new nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile.|
India Tuesday, November 15, 20111, succeeded with a very high level of accuracy in its first test of a new-generation Agni-IV strategic nuclear-capable missile with a 3,500-km range from a test range area base in Odisha, an official said.
Agni IV strategic nuclear-capable missile firing test (DRDO Image)
The Agni-IV is a modified version of the Agni-II strategic missile and was originally called Agni-II Prime. The missile is lighter in weight and has two stages of solid propulsion and a payload with re-entry heat shield.
"The successful launch of new generation strategic missile Agni-IV that has a designed range of 3,500 km achieved all mission parameters, which included a range of 3,000 km," Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) spokesperson Ravi Kumar Gupta told IANS in New Delhi.The Agni-IV missile was launched from a Road Mobile System at 9.00 a.m. from Wheelers' Island in the Bhadrak district of Odisha on India's east coast, about 200 km from Bhubaneswar.
All the radars and electro-optical systems along the coast tracked and monitored all the parameters of the vehicle. Two Indian naval ships located near the target witnessed the final tochdown.