N-capable Agni-IV missile successfully test fired

India test fired the nuclear capable Agni-IV ballistic missile, with a strike range of 4,000 km, as part of a “user trial in operational configuration” by the Strategic Forces Command.

The test comes soon after the country’s most ambitious missile, the over 5,000-km range Agni-V, underwent its second preinduction trial in a canisterised version on December 10. The first pre-induction trial of this intercontinental ballistic missile, which brings the whole of China as well as parts of Europe and Africa under its strike range, took place in January after four developmental trials since April 2012.

The Agni-IV, which has suffered some glitches in the past, was tested for the seventh time on Sunday. The tri-Service SFC already has Prithvi-II (350 km), Agni-I (700 km), Agni-II (2,000 km) and Agni-III (3,000 km) missile units. DRDO officials described the surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile test as “a complete success, which met all mission objectives”. All radars, tracking systems and range stations tracked and monitored the flight performance of the missile, which was launched with support of a mobile launcher.

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