Agni-iv successful flight
DRDO developed the 4,000-km range nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-IV, was successfully flight-tested recently from Wheeler’s Island in Odisha. This longrange missile propelled by composite rocket motor technology, was tested for its full capability. The Agni-IV, launched from the road mobile launcher, reached the pre-defined target in about 20 minutes. The missile equipped with state-of-the-art avionics, fifth-generation on board computer and with distributed architecture has the latest features to correct and guide for inflight disturbances.
The most accurate ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system (RINS) and supported by highly reliable redundant micro navigation system (MINGS), ensured the missile reach the target within two digit accuracy. The re-entry heat shield withstood temperatures of more than 3,000 degrees Celsius and made sure the avionics function normally with inside temperature less than 50 degree Celsius.
Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Director General DRDO; Avinash Chander, Programme Director Agni, DS & CC R&D (MSS) reviewed the launch activities. Tessy Thomas, Project Director Agni-IV led the team of scientists during the operation.