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 0730-1130 UTC. NAVAREA warnings are for threes days between 4th January to 6th January 2019. As per coordinates provided, the area is around 3000 kilometers in length.
Speculation is that India will be carrying out an Experimental trial of its Chinese centric K-5 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) which has been in development for last few years. Recent Indian Express report to had said that early January trials of K-5 SLBM have been scheduled.
K-5 SLBM being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is a 5,000 km submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) belonging to India’s K family of missiles which are developed to complete India’s Nuclear Triad and to be armed on Nuclear underwater platforms like upcoming S4 and S4 Star Nuclear submarines.
Last month, Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy conducted the first known flight-test of the JL-3 solid-fuel, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). JL-3 SLBM full range is likely to be in excess of 9,000 kilometers, according to U.S. intelligence estimates.
According to Missile experts, Like Agni-V, K-5 SLBM with lighter Payload will be able to travel in excess of 8000 km in full range and with upcoming development of K-6 in the near future, India will introduce MIRV-capable missile with K-6 with a range of 6000-7500 km . India already has successfully developed K-15 SLBM (1000 km) and K-4 (3500 km) SLBMs for Ins Arihant and its sister ship Ins Arighat.
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