With the launch of K-15 India has completed the first part of the submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLMB) programme. The country is also developing the longer range, 3,000-km version, missile (code-named K-4).
It was the 12th trial of the 10-metre long K-15, whose length is in tandem with the missile tubes on board the INS Arihant. DRDO, in a press release, said that the missile was tested for its full range and met all the mission objectives. All parameters of the vehicle were monitored by radars right through the trajectory and terminal events have taken place exactly as expected.
After this launch, India has become the sixth country to have such technology after the United States, Russia, the UK, France and China. Verma said that the success of K-15 has given India the required power of deterrence against nuclear capable state like China and Pakistan.
“Well, once you have deterrence then naturally China and Pakistan will also be careful i.e. not imposing a war easily. But the problem with Pakistan is becoming a different kind of problem where the chances of guerrilla type of war from Pak-based Jihadis are more than a nuclear or direct conventional war. So you need to recreate your infantry in a fashion that can take care of regular warfare by Pakistani Jihadis,” added Verma.
The country has already said that the INS Arihant will go on deterrent patrol aimed at providing the ability of a retaliatory “second strike” in case of a nuclear attack. The submarine will carry its full load of nuclear-tipped missiles that can be launched from under the sea.
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