Tuesday, February 26, 2008

India test fires undersea nuclear missile successfully

India has successfully test fired its first-ever undersea nuclear capable ballistic missile off the eastern coast of Vishakhapatnam, catapulting it to the select band of five countries equipped with the technology.

The missile K-15, with a range of 700 kms, was test fired from a pontoon immersed in the sea at 1258 hours.

"The test firing was successful," sources said, as DRDO (Defence Research Organisation) awaited the final evaluations from warships in the sea.

The test was done from a submerged pontoon as India does not have a submarine capable of firing such missiles, official sources said.

Chief Controller of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) S Prahlada had said recently that it would need just one test to ratify the missile, which would form the main armament of the country's indigenously made nuclear submarine.

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