India test-fires Agni-IV surface to surface ballistic missile

The Indian Army's Strategic Forces Command (SFC) has successfully test-fired the Agni-IV ballistic missile from the  Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha, India.

During the SFC user trial, tests were conducted from launch complex-4 of the ITR.

The launch was conducted on 2 January to validate the reliability and efficacy of the weapon system, the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The missile's flight performance was tracked by a range of systems, including radars and range stations.

“The missile's flight performance was tracked by a range of systems, including radars and range stations."

The user trial met all the mission objectives, the statement said.

Developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Agni-IV is a long-range, surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 4,000km.

The lightweight missile offers two stages of solid propulsion and a re-entry heat shield, as well as modern and compact avionics.

It is guided by an on-board computer with high-speed reliable communication and digital control systems.

The Agni-IV also features composite rocket motors, as well as a high-accuracy, ring laser, gyro-based inertial navigation system.