Sagarika (missile)

Sagarika (Missile)

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K-15 Sagarika (Sanskrit: सागरिका, Sāgarikā Oceanic) is a nuclear-capable submarine launched ballistic missile with a range of .

Development

Development of the K-15 missile started in the late 1990's with the goal of building a submarine-launched ballistic missile for use with the Indian Navy nuclear-powered Arihant class submarines. Sagarika has a length of , diameter of , weighs 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of up to over . It was developed at the DRDO’s missile complex in Hyderabad.

The missile forms a part of the triad in India's nuclear deterrence, and will provide retaliatory nuclear strike capability.

The development of the underwater missile launcher, known as Project 420, was completed in 2001 and handed over to the Indian Navy for trials. The missile launcher is developed at Hazira in Gujarat.

The missile was successfully test fired six times, and tested to its full range up to three times. The tests of February 26, 2008 was conducted from a submerged pontoon beneath the surface off the coast of Visakhapatnam.

A land-based version of the K-15 Sagarika was...
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