India on Monday successfully tested its nuclear-capable Agni-IV ballistic missile from a base off its eastern coast, officials said.
The surface-to-surface missile was fired from a mobile launcher off the coast of the Orissa state, Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) spokesman Manish Bhardwaj said.
The two-stage missile has a range of 4,000 kilometers and can carry a payload of up to 1,000 kilograms. This was the sixth test of the Agni-IV in recent years, of which one failed.
According to the PTI news agency, the missile is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and can correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.
"The most accurate Ring Laser Gyro-based Inertial Navigation System [RINS] and supported by highly-reliable Micro Navigation System [MINGS], ensures the vehicle reaches the target within two-digit accuracy," the agency quoting sources from the DRDO said.
The launch comes days after successful test firing of Agni-V, India's longest-range intercontinental missile that has a range of more than 5,000 kilometers.
The Agni family of medium to long-range missiles are a key part of India's deterrent program aimed largely at regional rivals Pakistan and China.
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