K-4 SLBM Set for Undersea Launch Next Month

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    Longest Range Ballistic Missile All Set for Undersea Launch


    India is finally gearing up for the maiden test firing of its submarine launch of longest range and nuclear capable ballistic missile code-named K-4 from an underwater platform off the Vizag coast by end of next month. The missile flies in hypersonic speed and is the world’s best weapon in this class.

    The much-awaited test which was scheduled for September was postponed due to technological developments. The indigenously developed 3,500-km range missile has been planned to be test launched from a pontoon (replica of a submarine) positioned nearly 50 feet under the sea surface.

    The missile is the longer version of K-15, dubbed as B-05 missile which has been test fired at least 10 times. Though it has been designed to cover a distance of 3,500 kms, sources told The Express that this time the test would be conducted for a range of about 1,500 km.

    The K-4 missile was developed very fast as many systems used in the missile were already perfected during the development of B-05 missile. The new missile will enable India to target China and Pakistan from its waters.

    A defence scientist associated with the missile said some of its sub-systems had already been tested successfully earlier and the missile with full configuration was ready for its first launch. “We are leaving no stone unturned to make the mission successful. We want to achieve close to zero circular error probability (CEP) accuracy,” he said.

    The K-4 is one of the most ambitious projects of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) and it was kept under wrap for years. Plans are also afoot to induct the B-05 missile, which has a strike range of nearly 700 kms, in the armed forces next year. This missile will also be test fired from the indigenously built India’s first submarine INS Arihant after it completes sea trials in 2014.

    Defence sources said the K-4 missile is about 12 metre tall having a diameter of 1.3 metre and weighs around 17 tonne. It is capable of carrying a warhead of around 2 tonne and uses solid propellant.

    Once inducted, the missile will not only complete India’s third leg of the nuclear deterrent, but also be the second strike weapon system in its much touted nuclear doctrine. It can target major Chinese cities even remaining away from the Chinese water. It could better be characterised as a hypersonic cruise missile, since it remains within the earth’s atmosphere. Making the K-4 even more survivable is its ability to manoeuvre, following a twisting path to the target which makes it very difficult to shoot it down.

    The next missile in this series is K-5 which will have a strike range of nearly 5,000 km.

    AGNI-III ON SCHEDULE

    Range integration was conducted in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the Odisha coast for the proposed test firing of 3,500 km range nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-III. The weapon is scheduled to be test fired from the Wheeler Island by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army on December 18. It is the second user trial of the indigenously built surface-to-surface missile. This test will follow one each developmental trial of 4,000-km range Agni-IV and 5,000-km range Agni-V missile next month


    Longest Range Ballistic Missile All Set for Undersea Launch - The New Indian Express
     
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    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    It has been tested 2-3 times and gas generator is scale up model of K15 so nothing much to worry about. Just test it to full range.
     
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    How does a 1.3 m dia missile fit into 2 m dia tube?
     
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    Was it tested under the guise of many Prithvi-II tests
     
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    third from the right.

    Pay attention to the fact that it has height of 12.1 meters. So Arun Sir who has made this diagram was quite right as to its height. This i said long while ago that person who has made this knows lot about the Indian missile :hail:
     
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    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    Dont know, according to the pic posted above it has 2 m dia.
     
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    yeah, actually the purpose of treaty between India-Pak is to make sure that other side will not think missile test as attack.

    so our guys smartly figure out that if we have to test two missile at a time then, we can only give advance notice of missile launch (no need to inform them how many missiles we are going to test)
     
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    Nirbhay! y u da only one to not get tested?

    When will LFRJ-LRCM come???
     
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    arnabmit Homo Communis Indus Senior Member

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    That's the bone! only planning and no implementation! And DRDO had said that it was just a software glitch of flight control laws!

     
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    You have to give it to them, this year we had many cyclonic depressions in BoB, that's sure to have disturbed the scheduling.
    Even Agni-2 test seems to have been shelved.
     
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    from Wiki

    K-4 Missile[edit]
    Main article: K-4 (SLBM)
    K-4, named after former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, is the next significant development under the K-X series by DRDO. It was covertly tested off the coast of Visakhapatnam in January, 2010. However, any detail regarding the developments in this project are confidential and this project is sometimes referred to as "BLACK PROJECT" whose existence is neither denied nor acknowledged by DRDO. While there are some reports that claim that K-4 is a submarine-launched version of AGNI-V, other reports state that it is actually a SLBM Version of the Agni-III missile that is being worked on. The goal of this project is to expand the second-strike options for the country, DRDO scientists told reporters during a briefing. A total of 258 private firms and 20 DRDO laboratories were involved in this venture.[17] The Missile is said to have two variants. One with a range of 3,500 km that is 10 m long and the other with a range of 5,000 km will be 12 m long to arm future nuclear submarines of the Arihant class.[2] K-4 will provide India with the capability to target China and Pakistan simultaneously. INS Arihant, first of the Arihant Class Submarines, will be able to carry 4 (10m long) K-4s or 12 K-15s.[18]

    K Missile family - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    K15 is called because K for Dr. Kalam and 15 is his date of birth and idea what is K4 ?
     
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    @sayareakd Sir, how is your father? Hope is he recovering.
     
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    Yes saya. I hope your dad is doing fine now.
     
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    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    He is stable now and can walk on his own. we are just back from hospital, he will be operated next week, till such time long list of tests and approval from Nuro and other departments.

    Thanks to all for your concern guys.
     
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    Glad to hear that.
     
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    Since k15 is tested 10 times and K4 2-3 times already therefore 3-4 sucessive test will make it production and operational in 3-4 years on ATV and other sister subs of ATV class.
     
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    Is there any leaked information on the K4 test? What range was it tested for?
     

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