User trial of nuclear capable Agni-IV conducted

Balasore: After the successful test of long range ballistic missile Agni-V on December 26, user trial of nuclear capable Agni-IV was conducted from the Abdul Kalam Island test facility off Odisha coast on Monday.

The indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile is the most advanced long-range ballistic missile capable of being launched within minutes from a self-contained road mobile launcher, defence sources said.

The sources added the intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) would be fired in full operational configuration from a mobile launcher positioned in the launching complex-IV of the test facility.

With a strike range of around 4,000 km, the two-stage solid propelled missile is 20 metre tall and weighs around 17 tonnes. Compared to the Pershing missile of the US in terms of technology, Agni-IV has many cutting-edge technologies which can meet global standards.

The missile can be fired from locations deeper in the Indian hinterland, making it very difficult for the enemy to track and destroy it. The missile also possesses a submarine launch capability.

This is sixth test of the missile and second user associate launch. On December 26, India had successfully launched its longest range Agni-V missile which drew attention of many nations including China.