India has test fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV, capable of hitting a target at a distance of 4,000 kilometres, from a test range off the Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the armed forces.
Agni-IV is the fourth in the Agni series of missiles which was earlier known as Agni II prime. It has been developed by India’s DRDO and displayed a number of new technologies and significant improvement in Indian missile technology. The missile is light-weight and has two stages of solid propulsion and a payload with re-entry heat shield.
“The sophisticated surface-to-surface missile is equipped with modern and compact avionics to provide high level of reliability” sources in Defence Research and Development Organisation said.
This was the fifth trial of Agni-IV missile. The last trial conducted by SFC of the army on December 2, 2014 was successful.