Training launch of Agni 4 Missile
On June 6, 2022, India successfully carried night launch of nuclear-capable Agni-4 ballistic missile. It was launched from APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.
Range of the missile
Agni-4 ballistic missile has a range of around 4,000 kilometres.
Significance of the Missile
- It marks significant boost to India’s military capabilities.
- It is being considered as a part of India’s deterrence against China.
- It also reaffirms country’s policy of having a ‘credible minimum deterrence capability’.
- It was part of routine user training launches and was carried out under Strategic Forces Command.
- It validated all operational parameters as well as the reliability of system.
Recent launch by India
- In the recent months, India test-fired an extended range version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. It was the first launch of extended range version of BrahMos missile from Su-30MKI aircraft.
- Indian Navy and Andaman and Nicobar command test-fired an anti-ship version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on April 27, 2022.
It is the fourth in Agni series of missiles. It was earlier known as Agni II prime. It has been developed by DRDO. It is a light-weight and comprises of two stages of solid propulsion and a payload, along with the re-entry heat shield. It is having a range of 4,000 km. Missile is capable of striking targets in almost all of mainland China, in case launched from northeast India.
Testing of Agni-IV
Agni-IV missile has been tested for seven times, over six years. It was successfully test fired for the first time on November 15, 2011 from a road-mobile launcher. It followed its trajectory and attained a height of 900 km. It reached the pre-designated target in Bay of Bengal.
Month: Current Affairs - June, 2022
Category: Science & Technology Current Affairs