After Agni V, DRDO gets into Agni IVâ€™s 2nd trial | idrw.org Jubilant over the spectacular success of Indiaâ€™s first Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V, the DRDO is readying for the second developmental trial of nuclear capable Agni-IV next month.The missile, with a strike range up to 3,500 km, will be test-fired from Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast any time between May 6 and 8, sources said. The trial will be followed by a series of tests of three other variants of Agni. After Agni-IV, the DRDO would carry out the fourth developmental test of 3,000 km range Agni-III missile, while the armed forces would conduct user trials of 2,000 km range Agni-II and 700 km range Agni-I in a sequel. However, the developmental trials of Agni-IV and Agni-III assume significance as the DRDO has planned to induct the latter in the armed forces next year and the former in 2014. DRDO chief V K Saraswat has said that by year-end, the organisation will go for another test of Agni-V missile, followed by the third one next year before inducting it in the armed forces in 2014. â€œAfter that, the user trials of Agni-IV and Agni-V will be conducted,â€ he added. Defence experts said with the test-firing of 5,000 km range Agni-V, India has already enhanced its missile capability in the world. It would emerge as another missile power in the region after the induction of Agni-III, Agni-IV, Agni-V and submarine- launched K-15 missiles. â€œThe test marked the completion of an important milestone in Indiaâ€™s missile defence programme, in reaching the countryâ€™s goal of creating a credible deterrent in view of regional security threats. The missile can easily act as a deterrent to Chinese missiles,â€ they said. Indiaâ€™s arsenal is boosted by missiles such as three variants of Prithvi, ship-launched Dhanush, BrahMos cruise missile, Agni-I and Agni-II besides anti-tank Nag, Akash, Trishul and air-to-air Astra. This apart, new generation missiles like Sourya and Prahaar are under developmental trials. Defence sources said Agni-IV is a modified version of Agni-II prime strategic missile. It can carry 1,000 kg warhead with re-entry heat shield. The two-stage solid propelled missile is 20-m tall and weighs around 17 tonnes. While Agni-III can be launched from rail mobile launcher, Agni-IV can be fired from road mobile launcher which gives it more flexibility and wide range of operational success. DRDO Chief Controller (Missiles and Strategic Systems) and Programme Director of AGNI Avinash Chander said though a series of tests has been planned, the exact date of trials has not been fixed. Agni-IV was tested for the first time on November 15 last year.