Hello, Warriors! In the modern warfare, the number of nukes possessed by a country is a major deciding factor of its power. Luckily, India is one of the countries that possess nukes.
And… with big bombs, come big carriers!
Indian army successfully conducted the user trial of surface-to-surface nuclear capable missile Agni-IV, first of its kind in the world. The successful test of Agni-IV took India’s level of deterrence, its preparedness, and effectiveness to newer heights.
It was launched from a defence base off the Odisha coast making the weapon ready for its series of production.
Here’s all that you need to know about the Agni IV missile and its induction in the army:
- This was sixth test of the missile. It was first tested on December 10, 2010 which had failed while its second, third, fourth and fifth tests on November 15, 2011, September 19, 2012, January 20 and December 2, 2014 were successful.
- The Agni missile is a family of medium to intercontinental range missiles. They are long range, nuclear weapons capable, surface to surface ballistic missile.
- Agni-IV, earlier known as Agni II prime, is the fourth in the Agni series of missiles.
- The first missile of the series, Agni-I was developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and tested in 1991. After its success, Agni missile program was separated from the IGMDP upon realizing its strategic importance. It was designated as a special program in India’s defence budget and provided adequate funds for subsequent development.
- It withstood soaring temperatures of more than 3,000 °C when tested earlier in 2011 and 2012. With a range of 3,000–4,000 km, Agni-IV bridges the gap between Agni II and Agni III.
- Agni IV can take a warhead of 1 ton. It is designed to increase the kill efficiency along with a higher range performance.
- The surface to surface Agni-IV missile having 4000 km strike range is 20 meter long and weighs 17 ton.
- Agni IV is also equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, that include indigenously developed ring laser gyro and composite rocket motor, 5th generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture.
- It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances. Sounds more like iron man of the Indian Army, doesn’t it?
- It is a two-stage missile powered by solid propellant. It can be fired from a road mobile launcher, making it more efficient.
So, with the Iron man of India Army ready to take up its reigns, we can be rest assured of our safety and get back cracking those SSBs, for, these toys are ours only to be played tomorrow.