INDIA TEST LAUNCHES AGNI-IV NUCLEAR MISSILE
India has successfully test-launched the 4,000-km range nuclear capable ballistic missile, Agni-IV, from the Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha. Launched from a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed road mobile launcher, the composite solid fuel rocket motor technology-propelled missile hit the target with two digit accuracy, meeting all mission objectives and proving its capabilities. The test-firing represents the missile’s third consecutively successful trial and the last one in the series of development launches. An array of long-range radars and electro-optical tracking systems (EOTS) located along the coast tracked and monitored all the parameters throughout the flight, while two ships located near the target point tracked the vehicle and witnessed the final event. DRDO DG and Indian Defence Minister’s Scientific Advisor Avinash Chander said the launch is of greater significance as the system was tested in its deliverable configuration with the active participation of Strategic Forces Command (SFC) personnel.”The missile is now ready for induction and its serial production will now begin,’’ Chander said.