India Conducts Twin Secret Tests Of K-4 SLBM
India tested it’s most ambitious weapon — the K-4 submarine-launched long range ballistic missile — twice last month. Top sources tell Livefist that the two tests, both conducted at less than ceiling range of 3,500 km were conducted at an undisclosed location in the south Bay of Bengal.
The two tests on March 7 and March 31 are understood to be the second and third tests of the K-4. The first test, the details of which remain shadowy, is understood to have been carried out in March 2014. The K-4, a submarine-launched derivative of the Agni-III — but a vastly different weapon, obviously — was revealed first by my India Today colleague Sandeep Unnithan back in 2010. The lower range K-15 submarine-launched missile was launched in 2013.
The Indian government barely acknowledges the existence of the K-4, so nobody’s expecting anything official from the DRDO or MoD on the lines of what they put out for literally every other weapon test, including the doddering Prithvis (that are up for a progressive phase out soon, but more on that later).
A big congratulations to the K-4 team!