India Successfully Tests Nuclear Capable Agni-4 Ballistic Missile

India Successfully Tests Nuclear Capable Agni-4 Ballistic Missile
India Tests Agni-4 Ballistic Missile

International Military - It was recently reported that India has successfully tested its nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-4. The locally developed weapon is said to be capable of striking targets thousands of miles away.

The test was carried out from Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha state on Monday, India's Ministry of Defense declared the test a routine launch. The missile test did not encounter any major problems and was considered a success.

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"The successful trial is part of the rollout of routine user training carried out under the auspices of the Strategic Forces Command," the Indian Ministry of Defense said in a statement as quoted by Russia Today, Tuesday (7/6/2022).

The Indian Ministry of Defense added that the launch proved the capability of the system and reaffirmed New Delhi's Reliable Minimum Deterrence Capability.

The fourth iteration of the weapon created by the Defense Research and Development Organization of India (DRDO), the Agni-4 (or "Fire-4") is a medium-range missile that is said to be capable of hitting targets up to 4,000 kilometers away and carrying a payload of 1,000 kilograms.

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India has previously carried out a number of tests of the Agni-5, a longer-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), with the most recent test being carried out late last year.

One of only a handful of countries with its own nuclear triad or land, sea and air-fired nuclear weapons India last tested the Agni-4 in 2018, while the launch for the newer and shorter Agni Prime took place in late 2021.

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