India successfully test-fires underwater missile

According to reports, the missile would soon be ready for deployment on platforms, including a nuclear submarine
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First Published: Mon, Jan 28 2013. 04 38 PM IST
A handout image of the K-15 B05 submarine-launched ballistic missile surfacing from the waters off the Bay of Bengal moments after its launch from a submerged pontoon off the Visakhapatnam coast on Sunday. Photo: AFP
A handout image of the K-15 B05 submarine-launched ballistic missile surfacing from the waters off the Bay of Bengal moments after its launch from a submerged pontoon off the Visakhapatnam coast on Sunday. Photo: AFP
Updated: Mon, Jan 28 2013. 05 53 PM IST
New Delhi: An Indian news report says India has successfully tested a medium-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile fired from an underwater platform in the Bay of Bengal.
The Press Trust of India news agency says the missile would soon be ready for deployment on platforms, including a nuclear submarine.
A ministry of defence spokesman was not available for comment. Pallava Bagla, a defence expert, said Sunday’s test off the east coast was 14th in the series with a range of 700km. It would complete India’s nuclear triad—the capability to launch missiles from land, air and below the sea. India and its nuclear-armed rival Pakistan routinely test different versions of their missiles. The countries have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947.
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