India tests Agni-IV n-missile over full range (Third Lead)

September 19th, 2012 - 9:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Sep 19 (IANS) India Wednesday successfully tested for the second time its nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile over its full range from a military base in Odisha, an official said.

The new generation missile was test-fired at 11.35 a.m. from a facility off the coast near Dhamra in Bhadrak district, about 200 km from here.

Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) spokesperson Ravi Kumar Gupta told IANS that the test was successful and it met all the mission objectives.

The 4,000-km-range ballistic missile, propelled by composite rocket motor technology, was tested for its full capability. It was launched from a road mobile launcher and reached the pre-defined target in about 20 minutes, Gupta said.

The missile equipped with state-of-the-art avionics, fifth generation on-board computer and distributed architecture, has the latest features to correct and guide for in-flight 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, he added.

The re-entry heat shield withstood temperatures of more than 3,000 degrees Celsius and made sure the avionics functioned normally with the inside temperature at less than 50 degrees Celsius.

All Electro-Optical Tracking systems (EOTS), radars located all along the coast, tracked and monitored all the parameters throughout the flight. Two ships located near the target point tracked the vehicle and witnessed the final event, Gupta said.

The first test of Agni-IV was conducted from the same test base Nov 15, 2011.

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