India close to TRIAD deterrence with successful test launch of SLBM

Special to WorldTribune.com

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com

India on Jan. 25 successfully conducted a submarine-launched ballistic missile in the Bay of Bengal which was hailed by security officials as a major milestone in the nation’s strategic weapons development.

India's K-15 missile emerges from the Bay of Bengal after it was launched from a submerged pontoon off the Visakhapatnam coast on Jan. 27.  /DRDO
India’s K-15 missile emerges from the Bay of Bengal after it was launched from a submerged pontoon off the Visakhapatnam coast on Jan. 27. /DRDO

The K-15 ballistic missile was launched from an underwater pontoon that simulates a submarine launch platform, flying at an altitude of 12.5 miles above the earth and reached pre-designated target 435 miles away, its full design range.

According to Indian defense officials, the accuracy of the hit was a near direct hit, or “within single digit” of meters.

The test concluded the development phase of the K-15 missiles. Prior to this, there had been a dozen partial tests.

The significance of the launch was tied to India’s determination to acquire a TRIAD nuclear deterrence, i.e. the capability to launch nuclear missiles from air, ground as well as underwater platforms.

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