India test-fires nuclear missile from undersea pad

India tested its nuclear-capable K-4 submarine launched ballistic missile, designed to have a strike range of 3,500 km, from an undersea platform in the shape of a submersible pontoon off the coast of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

Though there was no official word on the test of the ‘strategic missile’, which will equip the country’s nuclear-powered submarines, sources said the solid-fuelled K-4 was test-fired for a range of around 2,200 km “successfully” in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday. “Though K-4 has been tested a few times, this was the first time it was fired for a long range. The problem of the missile tilting after emerging from under water has been resolved,” said a source.

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