New Delhi: Reports say that the Indian defence forces are getting prepared for testing four missiles that are developed indigenously. This includes the 3,500 km range K-4 nuclear missile. K-4 will be tested from an underwater platform off the coast of Andhra Pradesh on 8 November.
The K-4 missile system is indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Arihant class nuclear submarines, which are also being developed by the DRDO.
Government sources said, “As per plans, the DRDO will carry out test-firing of the K-4 missile from an underwater platform off the Vishakhapatnam cost on Friday. During the trial, the DRDO will test the advanced systems in the missile system.”
K-4 is one of the two underwater missiles that are being developed. The other one is the 700 plus kilometer range BO-5 missile. The K-4 will be test fired from an underwater platform as the missile is under testing and the test firing from a submarine would be done only when the missile is ready for deployment.
As per reports, in addition to K-4, the defence forces will also test BrahMos on 11 November, Agni-II on 16 November, and the short range Prithvi missile on 20 November.
With 3,500 km range the K-4 missile could increase the strike potential of Indian security forces. This could give India an edge over its unfriendly neighbours in the security scenario.