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India Launched Nuclear Capable K-4 Missile from Arihant
Apr 16, 2016

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has test-fired the nuclear capable K-4 missile from the indigenous nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, INS Arihant. The submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) was test-fired from INS Arihant at an undisclosed location in the Bay of Bengal.The missile was test-fired on March 31 some 45 nautical miles from the Vishakhapatnam coast in Andhra Pradesh.

  • The test was conducted with due support from Strategic Forces Command (SFC). The missile was fired from the onboard silos of INS Arihant from a depth of 20 metre."

  • Having an operational range of nearly 3,500 km, the K-4 missile was fired towards north for a shorter range. It covered more than 700 km before zeroing on the target with high accuracy reaching close to zero circular error probability.

  • The K-4 missile is a 17-tonne submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) with an operational range of 3,500 km and can carry conventional and nuclear warheads weighing over 2,000 kg.

  • It belongs to the K-series of missiles that also includes the K-15 missile (B-05) with a range of 750 km.

  • The K-4 features boost-glide flight profile, and is so designed that it is claimed that it can defeat any anti-ballistic missile systems. It is also reported to be one of its kind in the world.

  • Previously, the missile was test-fired from a submerged pontoon on March 7, which met all the critical parameters.

  • The K-4 and the K-15 missiles are an important part of India's nuclear triad, which provides India with retaliatory nuclear strike capability.

  • Last year, INS Arihant had successfully conducted test firing of the K-15 missile.

  • Indigenous submarine can carry four K-4s and 12 K-15s.

INS Arihant completed its deep sea trails and weapons launch tests February 2016 paving the way for its induction into Indian Naval fleet. Apart from INS Arihant, India is also constructing INS Aridaman, which will be followed by another two of the same class of submarines.


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