First tested from a depth of 30 metres on 24 March 2014, India has successfully fired 3500 kilometre strike range nuclear capable submarine launched K-4 ballistic missile off coast in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday 19th January.
About the Missile:
The K family of missiles are named after Indian scientist and former president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. It is a series of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) developed by India to boost its second strike capabilities.
K-4 is an intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile under development by DRDO. It is a 10 m long missile weighing 20 tonnes, capable of carrying a 1 tonne payload up to a range of 3,500 km. INS Arihant, first of the Arihant Class Submarines, will be able to carry K-4 missiles.
K-4 Test-Firing :
The test-firing of missile to a range of around 1,500 km was carried out from an underwater platform in the sea on 19th January’s early morning.
The nuclear triad includes capability to launch nuclear weapons from air, surface and underwater platforms and the submarine launched capability is considered to be the strongest and best for the task.
The missile is being developed for being deployed on the fleet of the Arihant Class nuclear submarines being built by India.
India is expected to carry out more tests of the missile before it is ready for being equipped on the nuclear submarines. At the moment, only the first nuclear boat INS Arihant is operational for the Navy.
K-4 is one of the two underwater missiles that were being developed by DRDO. The other one is the over 700 kilometre strike range BO-5 missile.
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