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Successful testing of Underwater nuclear-powered K-4 missile, capable of defeating anti-ballistic missile defense systems

  1. K-4 ballistic missile will be deployed on indigenous Arihant class submarines.
  2. The K-4 was tested on Sunday afternoon from the underwater platform off the coast of Andhra Pradesh.

New Delhi: Underwater test of K-4 missile with nuclear capability was successful on Sunday. Sources in the government told the news agency that the missile with a range of 3500 km was fired from the underwater platform off the coast of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has designed the missile for Arihant class nuclear submarines built in India. No anti-ballistic missile defense system can track a K-4 ballistic missile because of its speed.

Why is K-4 special?

With the K-4 test, India has also joined countries such as the US, Russia, France, Britain and China, which are capable of firing missiles with nuclear capability from the watershed. Talking about K-4, it is special due to its technology and hypersonic speed (more than 6 thousand km / h). Because of this speed, anti-ballistic missile defense systems cannot be tracked and destroyed.

Besides K-4, India also has a BO-5 missile.

  1. India still wants to test the missile further before deploying on nuclear submarines. Currently, only one INS Arihant is operational in India.
  2. The K-4 is one of the two underwater missiles that India has built for the Navy. The second missile is the BO-5, which has a range of 700 km.
  3. According to reports, several attempts to test the K-4 had failed within two years. It was scheduled to be tested in November last year as well, but had to be postponed due to the severe cyclonic storm “Bulbul” that rose from the Bay of Bengal.
  4. DRDO also left no stone unturned to make the K-4 test a success, as it is considering making the K-5 only after the K-4 test. The range of K-5 will be 5 thousand kilometers.

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