SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warnings on the Bay Of Bengal And North East Indian Ocean for Experimental Flight Trial to take place from Integrated Test Range (ITR) from 0630-1030 UTC. As per coordinates provided, the area is around 3000 kilometres in length.
Speculation is that India will be carrying out another round of developmental trial of its super secretive K-4 submarine-launched ballistic missile from an underwater platform.
This will be the fourth and final time K-4 SLBM will be tested from an underwater platform and will see missile for the first carrying a live 2-tonne payload. In previous K-4 missile tests, it only carried dummy payloads.
India’s first Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN ) INS Arihant which was inducted into Indian Navy last year already has cleared trials of 700-km range K-15 SLBM from the submarine and K-4 SLBM tests from INS Arihant has been planned for sometime in 2018.
K-15 has a range of 700km and K-4 has a strike range of around 3,500 km. India is also working on the development of a new SLBM codenamed K-5 having a striking capability of over 5,000 km and according to recent media reports, it will have its first trial by end of 2018.
India recently also cleared development of another new SLBM codenamed K-6 which will have a strike range of around 6000 km but will be first submarine-launched ballistic missile which will able to carry a three tonne Multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) thermonuclear warheads to its target.
BAY OF BENGAL AND NORTH EAST INDIAN OCEAN (.) CHARTS 31 308 354 INT 71 (.) EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT TRIAL SCHEDULED FROM ITR ON 16,17,18 DEC 17 FROM 0630-1030
UTC IN DANGER AREAS BOUNDED BY 17-44.53N 083-29.87E, 15-01.92N 082-55.01E, 03-26.94N 086-23.62E, 04-55.55N 090-36.42E, 16-05.58N 085-55.92E, 17-48.20N 083-40.29E AND 06-42.27S
088-43.91E, 10-41.43S 089-33.12E, 08-08.42S 096-53.65E, 04-30.42S 095-03.75E
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 181130 UTC DEC 17
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