India on Wednesday successfully test-fired nuclear capable Agni-IV for its full range of 4,000 km from Wheeler Island,off the coast of Orissa.
The two stage 20-metre long surface-to-surface solid-fuelled propelled missile flew for 20 minutes after its launch from Launch Complex 4 of Wheeler Island at 11.48 am.
After reaching an altitude of over 800 km,it re-entered the atmosphere and hit the pre-designated target. Two naval ships located down the range recorded the trajectory of the missile and the terminal phase and transmitted the data in real time, said V K Saraswat,chief of Defence Research and Development Organisation. We tested the missile for its full range. Todays test proved the robustness of our missile technology.
The missile carrying a payload of a tonne withstood temperatures of more than 3000 degree celsius when it re-entered the atmosphere,said Saraswat. He said it has been a remarkable year for DRDO as all variants of Agni the Agni-I,Agni-II,Agni-III and Agni-IV and Prithvi missiles have been launched successfully.
This was the second trial of Agni-IV. The maiden launch was in November 2011.