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    India to Test Nuclear-Capable Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

    India to Test Nuclear-Capable Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

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    India is shrugging off concerns raised by some of its neighbors on its preparations to test its most ambitious weapon - the K-4 submarine-launched long range ballistic missile (SLBM). The DRDO claims a range of 3,500 km, less than half of China’s JL 2 SLBM.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — India's state-owned Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is currently preparing an undersea platform in the Bay of Bengal for the trial of its long-range ballistic missile.

    The test, code-named K-4, would be conducted anytime. The 12-meter solid rocket propellant SLBM can carry a warhead, conventional as well as nuclear, weighing up to 2,000 kg. India had tested K 4 three times earlier of a range up to 3,000 km.

    Government sources told Sputnik that the range this time will be higher. It is being widely speculated that the indigenously developed submarine INS Arihant would be used for the test as it is capable of carrying 12 K-5 Sagarika missiles and 4 K-4 SLBMs.

    Currently, K 4 is undergoing technical trials followed by development trials in 2018. Chinese JL 2 SLBM can hit a target up to a range of 8,000 km while Pakistan claims a tanger of 700 Kms for its SLBM Babur Hatf 7. Apart from China, SLBMs are in the possession of Russia, USA, France, and UK.

    The scheduled test of K 4 comes only a short while after the much-hyped back-to-back tests of Agni IV and V in December 2016. China had criticized the tests for violating UN limits on the development of nuclear weapons and long — range ballistic missile. However, experts argue that India should enhance the range of K series missile.

    "The K-4 is undergoing technical trials as of 2016. At its maximum range, it could reach some high-value targets in Pakistan from a standoff distance in the Bay of Bengal. It would, however, still fall short of high-value targets on the Chinese mainland or the SSBNs would have to patrol very close to the coastline. With these targets in mind, India will inevitably have to develop an SLBM with a range of 5,000 km," says Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal, defense expert at Vivekanand International Foundation.

    Brig Kanwal wanted India to close the missile-technology gap with both China and Pakistan as early as possible to enhance the credibility of India’s nuclear deterrence.

    The Chinese state media Global Times has warned New Delhi that if its long-range missile development continues, Beijing would help Pakistan, an "all-weather friend," acquire similar capabilities. However, India said the tests were not aimed at intimidating particular country.

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    • American Socialist
      last i heard, India smelled like a urinal.
      shouldn't they build more urinals instead of submarines?

      but worst comes to worst..
      give Pakistan the same technology and watch Indians pout :)
    • landauroj
      So this country can test nuke capable weapon but the North Korea cannot because the USA empire say so!!
    • landauroj
      Chatwithkennyr, Man be honest with yourself. More than 50% of India population live in poverty. Many houses do not have proper toilets. Do you not think that something is wrong?
    • Chatwithkennyr
      Man You better take care your problems....don't peek your dirty nose... You get that .... Chinese chimps will get more that what they bargained for if they mess with us.... Tell me One more thing ....will china appreciate if they find an US Army bases on the Himalayas.. ?? BSE that's what's gonna happen next ... sorry to say... ;)
    • landauroj
      OK man. Have a good time!
    • K.Tin reply tolandauroj(Show commentHide comment)
      landauroj, dude worry about your own country issue .. secondly north korea got nukes through palistan via china.. and india developed. ohkk so dont worry ..just wait and watch..the game has just begin
    • K.Tin reply toAmerican Socialist(Show commentHide comment)
      American Socialist, pakistan is a beggar nation and soon going to be chinese colony. and about toilets , pakistan dont need any toilets as they dont have any food to eat so they cant poo.
    • SandyHin reply toAmerican Socialist(Show commentHide comment)
      American Socialist, you are right, India should build more urinals. But shit countries like US shit everywhere like in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syia, Ukrain, thats why there has to be some response. India should now also build an ICBM covering US mainland (even if we are not building Urinal for ourself) then lets see who shit in their pants
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