SLBM K-15 test rescheduled to Jan 31

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  1. LETHALFORCE

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    The DRDO has rescheduled the test-firing of submarine launched ballistic missile ( SLBM) K-15 to January 31. It was supposed to be test-fired from an underwater platform off the Vishakhapatnam coast on January 20. “The test was first scheduled on January 16, but was postponed to January 20. Now it has again been rescheduled to January 31 due to delay in arrangements. It is a coordinated exercise of both land and Navy personnel,” a source said.

    “India can join the league of five nations, Russia, US, France, Britain and China, with the successful launch of the K-15 missile. These countries already possess advanced missiles that can be launched from a submarine,” sources said.

    The indigenously developed K-15 or the B-05 missile are 10 metres in length, one metre in diameter and weighs ten tonnes with a strike range of around 700 km.

    This missile uses solid propellant and carries a conventional payload of about 500 kg to one tone and also be fitted with a tactical nuclear warhead. “The missile is ready for the test. But preparation is on for locating the Pontoon (replica of a submarine) inside the sea. The tracking machineries and technical equipment have been shifted from the integrated test range to Vishakhapatnam,” the source added.

    The K-15 missile has been tested at least six times and is in serial production. The missile was initially test-fired under the name of Sagarika project. While its launching was recorded partial success twice, the rest were claimed as “successful trials” by the DRDO.

    The missile, which can be compared with the Tomahawk missile of US, is India’s response to Pakistan’s Babur missile. The source further said that the Navy has reportedly been insisting for the test of K-15′s cruise variant as it is hard to be obstructed and has pinpoint accuracy.

    “Cruise missiles are more difficult to detect and hence less vulnerable to anti-missile defence, which can track and destroy ballistic missiles with comparative ease,” a defence scientist said. “Besides, the K-15 missile, India has another missile which can also be launched from a submarine. In a joint collaboration with Russia, a submarine-launched version of BrahMos cruise missile has been developed,” he added.
     
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  3. Oracle

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    LF, the article says that K-15 has been tested 6 times. Have those tests been successful?
     
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    Great news but do we have sub to launch this missile, yeah land version of the missile is already been displayed, but Sub launch version without sub launcher fitting is useless.
     
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    that part of the report says the following...................:cool:
     
  6. plugwater

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    IMO K-15 is just a test bed for K-4 saya, With only 700 km range we are not going to achieve anything big. So i dont think navy will have K-15 in their subs so they ll wait until K-4 is ready for induction.
     
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    They have tested in tubes on land, this is the first official sub launch.
     
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    /\/\/\ I read earlier they tested it from a submerged pontoon? So all earlier tests were successful?
     
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    even before successful tests we dream about getting into these exclusive classes.
     
  10. LETHALFORCE

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    12 k-15's will be placed in arihant
     
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    yes all tests were successful, k-15 land version is shauriya.
     
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    we need to dream about 5000km+ SLBM MIRV'S
     
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    That won't be done anytime soon because India doesn't want to "upset" Western nations.....
     
  14. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    As bad as Chinese and Pakistan ASW is, 700km can reach their largest cities easily.
     
  15. civfanatic

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    I don't think our SSBNs are aimed towards Pakistan (Lahore is within walking distance), but towards "other" threats.

    PLAN ASW is unlikely to operate in the Bay of Bengal or Malacca Straits, far away from their home bases.

    Pakistani ASW is a joke.
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    True, but Arihant isn't going to be launching a 700km missile at China from there.
     
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    I dont ve much knowledge about china ASW but i still dont think Arihant would go to china seas with 700 km range missiles. Too much to risk if navy use that option.
     
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    Then there isn't much point in equipping it with such a short range missile.
     
  19. plugwater

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    So IN will wait for K-4 with MIRV.
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    But they are putting K-15 on it.
     
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    We can only wait and see. Its pretty much useless to have those missiles in arihant.
     

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