The flight-trial of India's long range, strategic ballistic missile, Agni-IV, on Jan 2, from a road-mobile launcher on Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha coast, was "a grand success.”
Agni-IV's success proved the reliability and efficacy of India's long-range ballistic missile system.
Agni-IV is a two-stage, surface-to-surface missile that can travel 4,000 km and can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tonne.
- The Strategic Forces Command of the Army fired the Agni-IV.
- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed the missile, which is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes. Both its stages are powered by solid propellants.
- Agni-IV had been launched five times earlier in 2011, 2012, twice in 2014 and once in 2015. All the five were missions were successful. It was earler called “Agni Prime”.
Recently, DRDO successfully test-fired Agni-V with a range of morethan 5,000km from Abdul Kalam Island on December 26, 2016.