Bhubaneswar: India has decided to take China head on.Not withstanding the Chinese protest on testing of ICBM Agni-V, India has decided to test yet another nuke missile, this time a submarine-launched ballistic missile. The latest weapon, with a range of 3,500 km, is developed by DRDO and is codenamed K-4. This is likely to be tested by month-end from an undersea platform in the Bay of Bengal.
“The platform is being readied for the test. If everything goes as per the programme, the weapon system, which has caught the attention of enemy nations, will be tested as per schedule,” 'The Express’ reported quoting a source.
Though it is yet to be known whether the test would be conducted from a submerged pontoon (replica of a submarine) or the indigenously developed submarine INS Arihant, it would be from a platform nearly 30 feet deep in the sea. Once the platform is ready, movement of tracking systems and Naval ships to the area of mission will be made, the source said. This would be third test of the missile even as none of the tests has officially been revealed.
All tests have been kept secret. The first test was done in March 2014. K-4, considered to be world's best in its class, is likely to be inducted in the forces after a few more tests.
The intermediate range submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is about 12 metres tall with a diameter of 1.3. It weighs around 17 tonnes and can carry a warhead weighing up to 2,000 kg. The missile is powered by solid rocket propellant.
A successful launch would ensure that India gets nuclear troika-capability of firing nuclear tipped missiles from air,land and undersea. This will put India on par with Russia, USA, France, UK and China. (News24Bureau)