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K-15 SLBM test on March 16 was unsuccessful
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 3/21/2012 12:00:00 AM

 

New Delhi: India’s 700 kms range Sagarika (K-15) submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) tested on 16 March 2012, was unsuccessful.

This was the second test within a span of five days. The first test in the last fortnight, was carried out on 11 March which was reported to be successful. Both tests took place about 10 kms off Visakhapatam on the east coast of India.

In the absence of a submarines, the missile tests were carried out from a submerged pontoon, simulating a submarine. Sagarika is a DRDO project.

According to sources, the second test of 16 March was not successful due to very rough sea condition. The sea condition was so rough that some Indian Navy personnel on board a logistic support ship fell sick. The ship was positioned a few kms away from the pontoon to provide logistic support. The fire control systems was on the ship and the ship and the pontoon were connected by a cable for launch of the missile.

“With the approaching monsoon, the sea conditions will remain disturbed, so the next test of Sagarika now can be conducted only after September this year,” sources said.

Sagarika, code-named K-15 missile is a nuclear-capable submarine launched tactical missile. The missile is developed for use with India’s Arihant class nuclear submarines.
First of this class submarine is now on sea trials.

K-15 forms part of India’s nuclear triad as deterrence against a nuclear threat from its hostile neighbours- Pakistan and China. SLBM gives India a second strike capability while following its policy of no first use of nuclear weapons.

 “The first test of Sagarika on 11 March was successful and the missile covered full range of 700 km and hit the designated target, but the second test of 16 March was not successful,” sources said.

K-15 can carry a nuclear or conventional warheads of about 500 kg. Sagarika is an advanced version ot the Prithvi ballistic missile. The surface-launched variant of Sagarika is called Shourya.

The first successful test firing of the missile took place on 26 February 2008. The missile is developed by DRDO at its complex in Hyderabad.

This complex houses the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), the Advanced Systems Laboratory(ASL) and the Research Center, Imarat (RCI).

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