India test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-IV missile for sixth time

Published: January 2, 2017
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India has reportedly test-fired Agni-IV, a long range nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile, with a strike range of 4,000km from Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha coast.

“Supported by a mobile launcher, the surface-to-surface missile was flight tested from launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island, at about 11.55 hours,” The Economic Times quoted sources in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as saying.

Agni-IV is a two-stage, surface-to-surface missile that can travel 4,000km and can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tonne. According to The Hindu, Agni-IV had been launched five times earlier in 2011, 2012, twice in 2014 and once in 2015 and all the five were missions remained successful.

India’s nuclear-capable Nirbhay cruise missile test fails for fourth time

The test came less than two weeks after India’s much-hyped Nirbhay cruise missile, which was touted to carry nuclear warheads to a range of 1,000km, failed for the fourth time. The subsonic missile had been tested four times since March 2013 but failed to achieve the set parameters.

Not only it failed to yield the expected results, the missile had to be destroyed in the air as it had deviated from its path and was termed as an ‘utter failure’. Among the four tests that were carried out, Nirbhay missile’s second test was considered ‘a partial success’ in October 2014. All other attempts were dubbed failure.

Nirbhay, which had been in the making for almost a decade, was meant to provide the Indian armed forces with nuclear-tipped land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs). If it had been a success, Indian would have been in a position to counter Pakistani Babur LACM.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Yasin Malik
    Jan 2, 2017 - 6:45PM

    Now do it for the seventh time, then 8th time and on and on and on… Till it infuses you of much needed confidence.Recommend

  • SHJ
    Jan 2, 2017 - 7:41PM

    @Yasin Malik:
    Missiles are tested time to time without or without enhancements as required. Dumb Pakis should educate themselves before commenting.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Jan 2, 2017 - 7:58PM

    Hahaha did not even mention the Agni 5 launch but will talk about the Nirbhaya failure. Its sad that a country will nothing to show for achievement has now only the occasional failure of other to feels goodRecommend

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