Naval Weapons

India's K-4 SLBM awaits first launch

27 August 2013

The 3,500 km range K-4 submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM), developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and intended to eventually arm India's nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBN), is scheduled to have its first publicly acknowledged test launch from a submerged pontoon off the Visakhapatnam coast in September, according to Indian press reports.

Some reports in the Indian press have suggested that some tests of the new missile have already been conducted, but had been attributed to other programmes such as the 750 km-ranged K-15 Sagarika SLBM.

The reactor aboard INS Arihant , India's first indigenously developed nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), went critical at the Ship Building Centre (SBC) in Visakhapatnam on the East Coast on 10 August.

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