India on Wednesday successfully test-fired the nuclear weapons-capable Agni-IV, one of its longest range missiles, from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast.
The surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from launch complex number 4 in Wheeler Island.
The 20-meter long and 17,000-kg weight Agni-IV missile can hit target within the range of 3,500 to 4,000 km.
The two-stage solid fuel propelled missile is lighter than Agni-III because of the composite rocket motor casings. It is designed to carry a payload of 1,000-kg. Its re-entry vehicle is equipped with heat shield to enable the payload withstand searing temperatures of more than 3,000 degrees Celsius.
This is the third trial of Agni-IV. It was tested on November 15 last year from Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.