Agni-IV test a ‘grand success’
CHENNAI: January 03, 2017 00:00 IST
Updated: January 03, 2017 04:12 IST
New Year 2017 began on a happy note for the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with the flight-testing of India’s long-range, strategic ballistic missile, Agni-IV, turning out to be a “grand success” on Monday.
The SFC, which is entrusted with the launching of nuclear weapon delivery systems, fired the missile around 12 noon from a road-mobile launcher positioned on the Abdul Kalam Island, off Damra village on the Odisha coast. The two-stage, surface-to-surface Agni-IV can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tonne over a distance of more than 4,000 km. But on Monday, the SFC fired it for a range of about 3,100 km only, informed sources said. The missile impacted in the Indian Ocean.
Agni-IV had been tested twice earlier for ranges between 3,000 and 3,500 km instead of its full range of more than 4,000 km. The DRDO conceived, designed and developed the Agni-IV.
Asked why the missile is repeatedly tested for a range that is much lesser than it is capable of travelling, sources said the SFC had its “own requirements and they will fire the missile according to the requirements.”
Besides, the SFC would like to test Agni-IV for its capability. “The SFC has its programme in testing the missile for a lesser range. They are sticking to it,” the sources said.
On Monday, the missile carried “normal explosives to test the sequence of the flight,” the sources added. Radars and range systems tracked it.
The latest victory, coming in the wake of the spectacular success of the Agni-V mission on December 26, 2016, confirmed India’s nuclear deterrence capability for, both the missiles can cover the entire area on the other side of the border. Agni-V can carry a nuclear warhead weighing 1.5 tonnes over a distance of 5,000 km and plus.
Agni-IV has already been deployed by the Army. It is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes. Solid propellants power its two stages. It had been flight-tested five times earlier — in 2011, 2012, twice in 2014 and in 2015. All the five missions were successful. This is the sixth success in a row.
Ministry of Defence02-January, 2017 17:44 IST
Successful Flight Test of Agni – IV
Agni-IV, the Long Range Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile with a range of 4,000 kms was successfully flight tested, once again proving the reliability and efficacy of the weapon system.
The Missile was launched from Dr. Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha at 1200 hrs. today. All the radars, tracking systems and Range Stations have tracked and monitored the flight performance. All the mission objectives have been successfully met.
A) VECF/VOMF PART 1 OF 2 B) 1701020400 C) 1701060700
D) 0400-0800 ON 02 JAN AND 0300-0700 ON 06 JAN
E) LAUNCHING OF EXPERIMENTAL FLT VEHICLE WILL TAKE PLACE. DANGER
POINT A- 204825N 0870034E
POINT B- 181221N 0860706E
POINT C- 024036N 0870517E
POINT D- 024424N 0883749E
POINT E- 025548N 0900944E
POINT F- 182409N 0883026E
POINT G-204909N 0870921E
POINT A-204825N 0870034E
NO OVER FLYING ACTIVITY IS PERMISSIBLE WITHIN THE ABOVE MENTIONED
DANGER AREA. DURING THE HOURS OF LAUNCH, THE FOLLOWING ATS
ROUTES/SEGMENTS ARE REROUTED/NOT AVBL IN KOLKATA FIR:
1. Q10 NOT AVBL IN KOLKATA FIR.
2. Q11 NOT AVBL IN KOLKATA FIR.
3. W111: ONLY FL380 AVBL FOR WESTBOUND FLIGHTS.
4. W112: ONLY F260 AND F240 AVBL FOR WESTBOUND FLIGHTS.
5. N877, EAST OF ORARA, NOT AVBL.
6. L510, EAST OF DOGEM, NOT AVBL.
7. L301 NOT AVBL BTN RINDA AND DOGEM.
8. A465 NOT AVBL BTN VVZ AND CEA. ALTN ROUTE: VVZ-DCT-MEPOL-W41-BBS
VOR- W50-JH-DCT-AGROM-G450-CEA VOR. BIDIRECTIONAL.
9. W41 NOT AVBL BTN BBS AND CEA. ALTN ROUTE:
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A) VECF/VOMF PART 2 OF 2 B) 1701020400 C) 1701060700
D) 0400-0800 ON 02 JAN AND 0300-0700 ON 06 JAN
10. N895/G472 NOT AVBL BTN SAGOD AND NNP. ALTN ROUTE:
SAGOD-DCT-DOPID-W111-CEA VOR-G450-NNP VOR. BIDIRECTIONAL. ONLY FL320
AVBL FOR WESTBOUND FLIGHTS ON ALTERNATE ROUTE OF N895. FL240 NOT
AVBL FOR WESTBOUND FLIGHTS ON ALTERNATE ROUTE OF G472. N895/G472
AVBL NORTH-WEST OF BBS VOR FOR ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES AT BHUBANESWAR.
11. P628 NOT AVBL BTN PPB AND ASOPO. ALTN ROUTE:
PPB-W112-CEA VOR-A791- ASOPO. WESTBOUND.
SUBJECT TO ACCEPTANCE OF CHENNAI. ONLY FL280 AVBL
FOR WESTBOUND FLTS ON ALTERNATE ROUTE OF P628.
12. L759 NOT AVBL BTN LIBDI AND IBUDA. ALTERNATE ROUTE:
LIBDI-DCT-DOPID-DCT- CEA VOR-A791-IBUDA. BIDIRECTIONAL.
ONLY FL340 AVBL FOR WESTBOUND FLTS
ON THIS ALTERNATE ROUTE OF L759. L759 AVBL NORTH-WEST OF BBS
VOR FOR ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES AT BHUBANESWAR.
13. P646: ONLY FL300 AVBL FOR WESTBOUND FLTS.
14. M770/M773: ONLY FL360 AVBL FOR WESTBOUNDFLTS.
15. OTHER FLT LEVELS FOR WESTBOUND ACFT ON ROUTES P646, M770/M773,
W111, W112 AND ON THE ALTERNATE ROUTES OF L759, N895, P628 ARE AVBL
ON ACCEPTANCE BASIS.
16. ON ALTERNATE ROUTES,THERE WILL NOT BE ANY LEVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR
EAST BOUND FLIGHTS
F) GND G) UNL)
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