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NEW DELHI : India on Sunday successfully test-fired a 3,500 kilometre range nuclear capable missile that can be launched from a submarine, news report said.

Sunday’s test of the K-4 ballistic missile, however, took place off the coast of Andhra Pradesh, news agency ANI quoting unnamed government sources said.

The missile is being developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and is to be fitted into the indigenously built Arihant-class nuclear-powered submarines of the Indian Navy.

Reports have said that the K-4’s circular error of probability (the radius of the missile’s point of impact which is also a measure of the efficacy of its guidance systems) was 40 meters or less. This makes it ideal to strike targets from stand-off ranges.

In November 2018, India had announced that its first nuclear armed submarine Arihant had successfully completed its first deterrence patrol, heralding India’s entry into an exclusive club of powers with land, air and sea-based nuclear weapons delivery platforms. Though dubbed the technology demonstrator, analysts had been of the view that the 6,000-tonne Arihant with a range of about 750km nevertheless sent a powerful signal to Pakistan and China that New Delhi’s underwater nuclear deterrence was “credible", potent and functional.

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