'Secret' Test Of India's 3,000-km n-SLBM Revealed

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  1. The Fox

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    Undersea launch of missile K4 - March 24 2014

    Success on debut for undersea launch of DRDO’s K-4 missile

    The missile can carry nuclear warheads over 3,000 km

    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested an underwater-launched missile called K-4 with a range of about 3,000 km on March 24.

    The launch took place from a pontoon submerged more than 30 metres deep in the sea off the Visakhapatnam coast. After a powerful gas generator ejected it from the pontoon submerged in the Bay of Bengal, the K-4 missile rose into the air, took a turn towards the designated target, sped across 3,000 km in the sky and dropped into the Indian Ocean. What has made the DRDO missile technologists happy is that the mission was successful in K-4’s maiden flight. The two-stage missile will carry nuclear warheads, forming the lethal payload of India’s nuclear-powered submarines, which are under construction.

    “It was an excellent flight on March 24. The K-4 missile travelled a little more than 3,000 km,” informed sources said. “We will do many more missions to prove the missile’s sub-systems and increase their reliability.”

    India is the fifth country in the world to have a missile launched underwater.

    The sources described K-4 as “the proud successor” of the K-15 underwater-launched missile, codenamed B-05. Nearly 10 development trials of K-15 missile have already been completed from pontoons submerged in the Bay of Bengal over the past few years.

    Congratz DRDO Job well done

    Success on debut for undersea launch of missile - The Hindu
     
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  3. The Fox

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    Re: Success on debut for undersea launch of missile K4 (Surprise Launc

    And the morons at IDRW were guessing it was K-15 with a reduced payload.:facepalm:
     
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    Re: Success on debut for undersea launch of missile K4 (Surprise Launc

    Why is it "Surprise Launch" if it happened in March? Was it hidden from us? Sorry, I have not been following the missile tests that closely.
     
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    Re: Success on debut for undersea launch of missile K4 (Surprise Launc

    this lunch was planned well, and as its with K-serise missile, they misguided us without relesing full info. in 24th march test, where some so called def. experts called it as K-15 lunch with small payload.
     
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    Re: Success on debut for undersea launch of missile K4 (Surprise Launc

    Are't you surprised to hear the news certainly i was surprised to hear it and happy to hear that the Second strike capability is coming off age

     
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    re: Undersea launch of missile K4 - March 24 2014

    I ask the same question as one of the forum member has asked above; why was this achievement hidden for almost a month and a half.

    It is the most important deterrence India has against combined might of Pakistan and China.

    It's 3000 km range is good enough to cover even the Chinese missile silos north of Tibet from vantage point in Bay of Bengal.
     
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    re: Undersea launch of missile K4 - March 24 2014

    Guessing game is also biggest deterrence.
     
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    The K-4 surfaces! Well, properly at least. There's been a sudden rush of reports through this week on the secretive -- and largely missed (except for this Times Of India report) -- launch of India's K-4 long range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The maiden test launch, from an underwater pontoon launch platform, reportedly took place on March 24 in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Visakhapatnam.

    Friend Vishal Thapar over at The Sunday Guardian has this piece out today on the 'secretive' test of the 3,000-km range nuclear capable missile. Two days before that, The Hindu's trusty T.S Subramanian reported on the successful test that took place a little less than two months earlier. It was, however, network colleague Sandeep Unnithan who conducted this comprehensive outing of the K-4 and its cousins way back in 2010 (infographic seen here from the original piece), providing the first solid details about the K family of weapons.

    The DRDO's decision to conduct the test in secret isn't surprising, though they weren't quite so shy [video] in January last year when they flew the K-4's smaller cousin, the 750-km range K-15 from a similar underground launch platform in the same test range. (In 2010, I'd also scooped this picture of the R-glass composite cannister for the K-15 missile.)

    The DRDO doesn't want to say much yet about the K-4. If they do, it'll be up here first.

    Livefist: 'Secret' Test Of India's 3,000-km n-SLBM Revealed
     
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    so was it sucessfull ???
     
  12. abhi_the _gr8_maratha

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    @Neeraj Mathur
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    I think the length of k4 is secret and not revealed yet
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    here is link
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    Success on debut for undersea launch of DRDO’s K-4 missile - The Hindu
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    it clearly says "“It was an excellent flight on March 24.
    The K-4 missile travelled a little more
    than 3,000 km,” informed sources said.
    “We will do many more missions to
    prove the missile’s sub-systems and
    increase their reliability.” The sources
    declined to give the length, diameter
    and weight of the missile or how long
    the flight lasted."
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    though wikipedia and indianexpress says that the length of k4 is 12m
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    and you are saying it to be 10m
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    what's the truth , I think because of that much secrecy the length is not revealed
     
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    Why is everything secret coming out in the press?
     
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    the semi-
    official unveiling of the K-4 submarine
    launched ballistic missile has indeed
    taken place. The K-4 is part of the K-
    series of 'shaped trajectory' systems
    that have been developed by the
    Defence Research and Development
    Laboratory (DRDL) in Hyderabad and
    are suited for launch from underwater
    platforms. The K-4 has a range of over
    3000 km and its boost-glide re-entry
    vehicle (BGRV) is India's entry into the
    worldwide hypersonic race that is
    unfolding at the moment. Indeed this
    system could well be more mature
    than the WU-14 the Chinese tested
    recently (although this is just
    conjecture on my part).
    In any case, once fully ready the K-4
    will arm the INS Arihant which will
    carry four of these missiles in its
    vertical launch tubes.
     
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    What was "SECRET" about it? Date of launch was known, type of missile launch was known, NOTAMs were issued in advance showing its range and most of the major powers were monitoring the test. So where is the "secrecy" in it?

    These journalists don't even do basic research before reporting?
     
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    The secret might be on which rusting bucket submarine this missile would be mounted on. :lol:
     
  17. Indo-Pacific Security

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    I wouldn't agree with you on "rusting bucket submarines". I have pretty high hopes with INS Arihant and its sister submarines and even though, only two pictures have appeared so far, its too early to write them off. Don't forget that India has considerable experience in submarine construction owing to their experience in constructing Type 209 submarines and now Scorpenes. The reactor is bit underpowered but research for its uprating has been proceeding relatively well so far.

    My problem is with incorrect hype which is unnecessarily created by some half-researched journalists. What is stopping them to be objective and fair in their report and analysis, without any hint of jingoism? Lets behave like a major power. We achieved a milestone with K-4 test but its not the time to stop, its time to move further and develop a longer range one. The nation will be safe if a credible nuclear triad is in place and that can only happen if a long range SLBM is equipped on a patrolling SSBN.
     

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