NEW DELHI — Following a successful test-firing Jan. 27, Indian Defence Ministry officials say the Sagarika, a homemade submarine-launched ballistic missile, is ready for induction.
A Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist said that in its first stage, the missile, named K-15, reached an altitude of seven kilometers, and then the second stage lifted it to 20 kilometers, where it cruised at a constant speed of seven times the speed of sound. The missile has a range of 700 kilometers.
The scientist claimed that the K-15 is ready for induction, adding that the user trials will begin within a month. Sources in DRDO said the K-15 project is being developed with the help of Israeli scientists but no details are known.
The 6.5-meter-long K-15 weighs about 7 tons, uses solid propellant and employs a strap-on navigational system augmented by Global Positioning System equipment. It is accurate to a circular error of probability of 25 meters.
When the K-15 is inducted, India will join a select club of countries, which includes Russia, the United States, France, China and the United Kingdom, with submarine-launch capabilities.
The K-15 missile will be integrated with the homemade nuclear Arihant submarine, which is currently on sea trials.