Friday, February 13, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Finally, Indian Govt Officially Acknowledges 3,000-km Range K4 SLBM

The clip above, from the official AeroIndia 2015 video of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) happens to be the first public acknowledgement of the so-far classified K4 long-range underwater launched nuclear-capable ballistic missile system. The DRDO subtitles the K4, somewhat enigmatically a 'longer range' system in the video -- clearly a reference to the 750-km range K15/B05 sub-surface launched weapon that's had more than ten tests so far (and that the DRDO officially acknowledged only in 2013).

The video used in the clip above is in some dispute. Is it really the K4? It doesn't appear to be the K-15. There are no available photographs of the K4, so if this is indeed the single March 2014 test that took place secretively in the Bay of Bengal, these are the first images of the system publicly revealed. 

The launch sequence is significant. Compare the clip above with the K-15/B05 system and the BrahMos under-water launched variant, the only two other known sub-surface launched weapons in test. The 'K' family of weapons intended for submarine launch were revealed first by friend and colleague, and India Today deputy editor Sandeep Unnithan in 2010. Unnithan, who has had a look at these images says he understands that the K4 is a 'fatter' missile like the Polaris, but couldn't be sure given the detail in these images.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

Deterrence is the Only Policy India has ??

Keep testing 200 types of technology and in battle situations our soldiers are unsafe

while Country is wasting money on DRDO & HAL - they are looking for easy assemble in India options

Anonymous said...

It seems to be a K4 when compared to the lean size of the K15 missile.

Anonymous said...

@singam - Shiv, your right. We have never seen any photos of the K-4 before to compare this with. I would say this looks smaller than the K-15.

Anonymous said...

I have breasts but going to bombay clinic to have them removed. Then I'll be more K-15 and less fat K-4. Hehe.

Shubham said...

5000 km range K-5 is also under development.

Anonymous said...

Sir, can u tell us why this missils nose fire on one other missils in this world doing same when fire underwater. Does DRDO have a Alain technology? Or it's just a fake?

Anonymous said...

Before they can mate it with a submarine IN for the time being make a permanent pontoon in the east of Andamans and keep the missile ready for firing just in case China plays something mischievous. He he he

Raahul said...

3 000 KM is a good start, but we need something to match what the Chinese have.

5 000 km with MIRV is much better. I hope DRDO is working on that as we speak.