India successfully test-fired the K-15 Sagarika underwater ballistic missile on Sunday. The test was conducted off the Visakhapatnam coast, with the missile rising to 20km at its highest point and splashing down in the Bay of Bengal roughly 700km away, near a designated target point. A scientific advisor to India’s defense minister said the 10-meter tall, six-ton missile met all its objectives.
The successful test means India will soon begin integrating K-15 missiles with the INS Arihant, its first nuclear submarine. India plans to integrate as many as 12 nuclear-tipped missiles into the submarine.
India is the fifth country in the world to develop such a missile, joining the US, Russia, France and China. The UK operates submarines with nuclear missiles supplied by the US.