India Tests new K-4 SLBM

According to the Times of India India has tested its new K4 SLBM (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile) which has an improved range of 2,000 kilometers, in comparison to the K-15 which has a range of 750.  This comes at a time when India is trying to finish developing its nuclear triad, and allows for an improved nuclear deterrent, quite possibly against China.

It also allows for India to have increased power projection, and significantly increases India’s military strength.  India is currently trying to finish building their first indigenous ballistic missile submarine, the INS Arihant which is set to undergo sea trials later this year.

This, on top of their recently acquired aircraft carrier shows that India is trying to increase their naval capabilities, and have an increased presence across the Indian Ocean, and perhaps also build up its capabilities beyond the Indian Ocean.

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