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India on 6 June successfully test-fired nuclear-capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-IV from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.
The test was part of the routine user training launch conducted under the aegis of Strategic Forces Command.
The launch of the missile recognized all the operational parameters as well as the reliability of the system.
This successful test reaffirms India's policy of having 'reliable minimum deterrence'.
In May 2022, India successfully test-fired an extended range version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi fighter jet.
This was the first launch of the extended range version of the BrahMos missile from a Su-30MKI aircraft.
About Agni-IV Missile
It is an intermediate range ballistic missile with a range of about 4,000 km.
It is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
It can carry a payload of 1,000 kg and can reach an altitude of 900 km.
The first flight test of Agni-4 took place on 10 December 2010.
The missile crashed into the sea soon after launch because of errors in its control system.
Features of Agni-IV Missile
It is a two-stage, solid-fueled missile weighing 17,000 kg.
It is about 20 metres long and 1.2 metres in diameter at its lower stage.
Agni class of missiles
Agni I - Range of 700-800 km.
Agni II - Range more than 2000 km.
Agni III - Range of more than 2,500 Km.
Agni IV - Range is more than 3,500 km and can fire from a road mobile launcher
Agni V - The longest missile of the Agni series, with a range of over 5,000 km.
These missiles are built under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
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