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India achieved a significant milestone in its defense capabilities with the successful test firing of a new version of a medium-range ballistic missile on Tuesday, April 23. The Strategic Forces Command executed the test, although neither the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) nor the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed the specific missile tested, sparking speculation regarding the introduction of a new variant.

According to sources cited by, the missile under scrutiny could potentially be an enhanced iteration of the land-based variant of the Sagarika, also known as the K-15 or B-05. The Sagarika, originally developed as a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) by DRDO, underwent rigorous user trials in 2018 when it was test-fired consecutively from the Arihant class of submarines. These trials hinted at further advancements in the missile’s capabilities.

The K-15 or B-05, with a length of 10 meters, boasts a striking range of approximately 750 kilometers and weighs in at a substantial ten tonnes. Powered by a two-stage propulsion system utilizing solid propellant, it is capable of carrying a payload of up to 1000 kilograms, but with reduced payload it can hit targets upto 1800km. has been told that missile might have got new composite panels that might have reduced its weight and increased in its range.

While specific details regarding the new variant remain undisclosed, the successful test firing marks a significant step forward in India’s pursuit of cutting-edge defense technologies. It reaffirms India’s status as a formidable military power in the region and underscores its commitment to ensuring peace and stability in the face of emerging security challenges.