N-missile fired off undersea platform

India on Sunday made a major stride towards completing its nuclear triad capability by successfully test-firing a nuclear-capable ballistic missile, with a strike range of around 1,500 km, from an underwater platform in Bay of Bengal.

Completion of the nuclear triad will give India the ability to fire nuclear-tipped missiles from land, air and sea. This is the first missile in the underwater category to have been fully developed by India and can be launched from a submarine. "The medium range K-5 ballistic missile was test-fired successfully today from an underwater pontoon and all parameters of the test firing were met," Defence Research and Development Organisation chief V K Saraswat told PTI from an undisclosed test area.

Officials said more than 10 trials of the missile had been carried out earlier. Today's was the last development trial of K-5. Only a select few nations, including the US, France, Russia and China, have this type of missile capability, they said.

The development phase of K-5 missile, which comes in the category of submarine-launched ballistic missile, was over and it was now ready for deployment on various platforms, including the around 6,000-tonne indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant which is under development, Saraswat said.

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