India conducted a test of the nuclear capable Agni-IV ballistic missile, which has a strike range of 4,000 km, as part of a “night user trial in operational configuration” by the strategic forces command. The two-stage Agni-IV surface-to-surface missile was flight-tested for its “entire range” from the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast, at about 7.30 pm.
“The successful test was part of the routine user training launches carried out under the aegis of the SFC. The launch validated all operational parameters as also the reliability of the system. The successful test reaffirms India’s policy of having a ‘credible minimum deterrence’ capability,” the defence ministry said in a statement.