India on 20th January successfully test fired its 4000-km range nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni-IV’, making it ready for induction into the Army. The third consecutive trial of the missile was conducted at Wheeler Island off Odisha coast at 10.52 am, DRDO said, adding the serial production of the missile would begin now. The test fire is the last one in the series of development launches.
Propelled by composite solid fuel rocket motor technology, Agni-IV was launched from its road mobile launcher, which is also indigenous developed by DRDO.
The long range radars and electro-optical tracking systems which were located all along the coast tracked and monitored all the parameters throughout the flight. Two ships located near the target point tracked the vehicle and witnessed the final event, a DRDO release said.
THE MISILE-TESTS IN RECENT TIMES
- India, test fired Agni III and also Prithvi-II missiles successfully.
- Agni-III, the nuclear capable, ballistic missile was successfully test fired from the Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha around on 23rd December.
- It was a user trial carried out by the Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army under the technical supervision and logistic support of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
- With a strike range of more than 3,000 km, the surface to surface missile traversed the entire distance in 800 seconds. It confirmed all the parameters and was tracked along its entire course, defence sources said.
- Agni-III is an intermediate-range ballistic missile developed by India as the successor to Agni-II. It has a range of 3,500 km- 5,000 km, and is capable of engaging targets deep inside neighbouring countries.
- The Strategic Forces Command test-fired Prithvi-II, a surface-to-surface strategic missile, from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range, near Chandipur, in Odisha on 7th January.
- The missile, which can carry a nuclear warhead of 500 kg, lifted off at 9.50 a.m. and covered its full range of 350 km. The naval version of the Prithvi-II is Dhanush, which can carry a nuclear warhead of 500 kg over 250 km.
- Prithvi is a tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) developed by DRDO in India under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program. It is deployed by India’s Strategic Forces Command.