Agni IV Successfully Test Fired
India on Wednesday successfully flight – tested the surface – to – surface Agni – IV missile for its “Full range of 4,000 KM.”
In a flawless flight that lasted 20 minutes, the nuclear – capable missile blasted off at 11.48 A.M. from a road – mobile launch pad on Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast and traced a parabolic path across the sky. As its re-entry systems worked perfectly, the missile then plunged into the Indian Ocean with its payload of one tonne of conventional explosives erupting spectacularly.
The payload systems withstood a searing temperature of more than 3,000 degrees Celsius during the re – entry phase.
This is the second consecutive success of Agni IV : The missile scored a hit in November 2011, after the very first flight failed in 2010.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation ( DRDO ) has designed and developed Agni IV, which is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes. The two – stage vehicle, which uses solid fuel, can carry a one – tonne nuclear warhead.
Wednesday’s triumph caps a series of successful flights of Agni V, Agni-I, Agni-II and Prithvi-II missiles, beginning from April this year.
V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister and DRDO Director-General, told from Wheeler Island : “The second success of the Agni-IV confirms the reliability of its design. India’s missile technological program has become mature, and we can now design any missile for any mission, depending on the threat profile. Technologically, today, we are on a par with the best in the world.”
“All the events, from the lift – off to the explosion of the payload” took place with textbook accuracy. “The data shows that the missile stuck to its pre – determined path with an accuracy of less than 100 metres,” he said. “The terminal accuracy of the Agni IV systems has been recorded by the ships located downrange, and the explosion of the payload has been video – graphed. The video confirms the successful completion of a copybook launch.”
Dr. Saraswat was confident that “the missile will be inducted into the Services after one more launch.” The second consecutive success of Agni IV “proves that the missile can be launched on demand in a very short time.” India’s industrial infrastructure that contributed to the Agni IV development had also matured.
Agni III would be flight – tested on September 21, he said.
Mission Director Avinash Chander said : “The repeat successful performance” of Agni IV and the excellent performance of its systems “proved that Agni IV is ready for the user [ the Army ].” There would be one or two more flights to prove its consistency. “But the design has already been proven, and this has been validated by the excellent performance of the missile,” said Mr. Chander, who is also Chief Controller ( Missiles and Strategic Systems ), DRDO.
Tessy Thomas, Program Director, called it an “Excellent Launch” which met all the parameters till the final event.
G. Satheesh Reddy, Associate Director, Research Centre, Imarat, Hyderabad, said the missile employed on – board computers with specially designed software to correct its course in case of any malfunctioning.
The ring – laser inertial navigation and guidance system and the micro – navigation system ensured that the vehicle’s path was highly accurate.
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