Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile Agni-4 Successfully Test Fired**

DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The ‘'training launch'' of an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Agni-4 was successfully test-fired from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. The missile successfully hit the target which is 4000-km away.

The launch marks a significant boost to the country's military capabilities.

The successful test was part of routine user training launches carried out under the aegis of the Strategic Forces Command. The test reaffirms India's policy of having a "credible minimum deterrence" capability.

The successful test met all parameters. The launch validated all operational parameters as also the reliability of the system.

Indian country is in the process of further strengthening its strategic missile arsenal by adopting newer technologies and capabilities.

Last year, India successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable strategic Agni Prime missile to hit targets between 1,000 to 2,000 kilometers.

Agni-IV is the fourth in the Agni series of missiles which was earlier known as Agni II prime. It was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The range of the missile is 3,500 to 4,000 km capable of striking targets in nearly all of mainland China with accuracy if launched from the North-Eastern part of India. It can accurately hit the target as an indigenous-built ring laser gyroscope is used in the high accuracy INS (RINS).

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • The Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile Agni-4 was successfully test-fired from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.
  • The missile successfully hit the target which is 4000-km away. The successful test met all parameters. 
  • The launch marks a significant boost to the country's military capabilities.
  •  Last year, India successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable strategic Agni Prime missile to hit targets between 1,000 to 2,000 kilometers.

   Facts to know

  • The Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) was managed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile ‘Agni-VI’ with a distance of 11000 – 12000 km is under development.
  • Range of Agni-IV missile: 3500-4000km.
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