India to test-fire K-4 underwater nuclear missile


HYDERABAD: India is planning to test-fire a long-range nuclear missile on Friday, October 8, according to reports in a section of the media. The K-4 nuclear-capable missile, with a strike range of 3,500 kilometres, is expected to be test-fired from an underwater platform off the coast of Andhra Pradesh.


The missile has the capability of taking down enemy targets from submarines. The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing the missile system that will be used in Arihant class nuclear submarines being developed indigenously, a News Time report said.

The Arihant class nuclear submarines will be the mainstay of India's nuclear triad.

"As per plans, the DRDO will carry out test-firing of the K-4 nuclear missile from an underwater platform off the Vishakhapatnam coast on Friday. During the trial, the DRDO will test the advanced systems in the missile system," news agency ANI quoted government sources as saying.

The Friday test-firing is on course and NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) and other marine warnings have already been issued by appropriate Indian authorities. The test-firing of the K-4 missile was planned for last month but was postponed.

It is not yet clear whether the DRDO will test the missile at the full strike range or shorter ranges. However, NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) and marine warnings for long-range missile test have already been issued by India for the planned test-firings.

Government sources clarified that the test-firing of the K-4 would be done from an underwater pontoon as the missile is still being tested and launch from a submarine would only be done once it is ready for deployment.

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