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K-missile family to boost second-strike capabilities in India:Kalam

Posted on Feb 05, 03:27PM | UNI

Hyderabad, Feb 4 : The K family of missiles is a series of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) developed by India to boost its second-strike capabilities and thus the nuclear deterrence, former President of Indian Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, said here today.

Addressing and interacting with the scientists from DRDL,ASL and RCI here, Mr Kalam said the success of K missiles:Moving a step closer to completing its nuclear trial, India successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on January 27 2013, with a strike range of around 750 kilometres.

'The K-15 Sagarika missile was launched from an underwater pontoon simulating a submarine launcher, in Bay of Bengal. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Chief Dr VK Saraswat told me that all the test parameters of the test firing were met with the book precision,' he said.

'These indigenous 'K' missiles are faster, lighter and stealthier. The test concludes the development phase of the K-15 missile, and the missile is now ready for deployment on various platforms including the indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant which is under development,' Dr Kalam said

So far, India had the capability of delivering nuclear weapons from land and aerial platforms only, he said, adding the missile-equipped on a submarine will provide the third leg of the strategic TRIAD nuclear deterrence India has been seeking to establish.

India has a no-first-use policy for nuclear weapons and the development of an SLBM boosts its retaliatory strike capability, he said, adding the great contribution by DRDO and its laboratories to the defence of India, was possible only due to the creativity and the strong determination with the research potential of the scientists of DRDO and leadership.

He congratulated all the members of DRDO who made it possible to achieve this grand vision.