INS Arihant Successfully Tested Nuclear-Capable K-4 Ballistic Missile (Download PDF)

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The test-launch of an indigenously developed, nuclear capable K-4 ballistic missile from a submerged platform in the Bay of Bengal is roaring success, within India’s Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO).

India tests most ambitious nuclear missile

India Tests Most Ambitious Nuclear Missile

India tests most ambitious nuclear missile

About the K-4 Nuclear-capable Missile

  • K-4 nuclear missile’s test was conducted secretly.
  • The missile system was tested twice in March from home-built Arihant ballistic missile submarine, a platform that is currently undergoing sea trials before a possible entry into service next year.
  • The K-4 is a derivative of the well-known Agni ballistic nuclear missiles already in service.
  • The K-4 missile will arm India’s nuclear ballistic missile submarines and make them invisible and undetected until required.
  • The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The K-4 missile is a lethal weapon as it can carry a warhead weighing up to 2,000 kg.
  • Nuke-powered K-4 missile is capable of hitting targets up to 3,500 kilometres away.
  • The DRDO plans to develop three missiles K-series missiles.
  • The missile has been named after former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • Before India’s K-4 missile launch, only United States, Russia, China and France possessed the capabilities of successfully launching an undersea nuke-powered ballistic missile.
  • Features: The K-4 missile is an Intermediate range SLBM with effective range of over 3500 km. It is 12 metres long and has a diameter of 1.3 metres.
  • First test: In 2010, the first gas-booster of K-4 missile successfully tested from a submerged platform. The first test carried out in 2014 from a depth of 30 metres.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 26, 2016

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