Sagarika (missile)

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K-15 (code-named B05) fired off the Visakhapatnam coast, 27 January 2013
Type Short-range SLBM
Place of origin India
Service history
In service 2010
Used by Indian Navy
Production history
Manufacturer Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
Weight 6–7 t (6.6–7.7 short tons)[1][2]
Length 10 m (33 ft)
Diameter 0.74 m (2.4 ft)
Warhead 1,000 kg (2,200 lb)

Engine Two stage, solid-fueled rocket motors
  • 750 km[3] (435 mi) with 1,000 kg payload
  • 1,900 km (1,200 mi) with 180 kg payload[4][5]
Arihant-class submarines

K-15 Sagarika (Sanskrit: सागरिका, Sāgarikā Oceanic) is a nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile with a range of 750 kilometres (466 mi).[3] It belongs to the K Missile family and forms a part of India's nuclear triad, and will provide retaliatory nuclear strike capability.[6]


Development of the K-15 missile started in the late 1990s with the goal of building a submarine-launched ballistic missile for use with the Indian Navy nuclear-powered Arihant-class submarines.[7][8] It was developed at the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) missile complex in Hyderabad.[9]

The development of the underwater missile launcher, known as Project 420, was completed in 2001 and handed over to the Indian Navy for trials. The missile launcher is developed at Hazira in Gujarat.[10] The Sagarika missile began integration with India's nuclear-powered Arihant class submarine that began harbor trials on 26 July 2009.[11]

By 2008, the missile was successfully test fired seven times, and tested to its full range up to four times. The tests of 26 February 2008, were conducted from a submerged pontoon 50 metres (160 ft) beneath the surface off the coast of Visakhapatnam.[7][9][12][13] A land-based version of the K-15 Sagarika was successfully test-fired on 12 November 2008.[14] A full range test of the missile was done on 11 March 2012.[15][16] The twelfth and final development trial of the missiles was conducted on 27 January 2013. According to DRDO Director General V. K. Saraswat, the missile was again tested for its full range of 700 km and met all its objectives with a single digit impact-accuracy.[17] The test will be followed by integration of the missile with INS Arihant.[18][19][20] On 25 November 2015, a dummy or unarmed K-15 Sagarika missile was successfully test fired from INS Arihant.[21] In December 2015, it was reported that the K-15 missile has entered production.[22]

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  1. ^ "India successfully test-fires underwater missile". The Hindu. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sagarika missile test-fired successfully". The Hindu. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "India tests new underwater nuclear missile". The Times of India. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Vishwakarma, Arun (2009). "Shourya/Sagarika Missile" (PDF). Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Rajat Pandit, TNN May 13, 2008, 12.01am IST (2008-05-13). "Going ballistic: India looks to join elite missile club". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  6. ^ "India gets sub-marine missile power". 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  7. ^ a b "Final test of K-15 ballistic missile on Tuesday : Latest Headlines, News - India Today". 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  8. ^ "India ready for new missile test". BBC News. 1998-09-04. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  9. ^ a b "Sagarika missile test-fired successfully". 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  10. ^ "In a workshop at Hazira, Indian underwater missile launcher gets ready for trial". 2001-05-28. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  11. ^ " India joins elite group". 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  12. ^ Rajat Pandit, TNN Feb 19, 2008, 02.38am IST (2008-02-19). "India ready to join elite N-strike club". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  13. ^ "India can now fire missiles from under water". 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  14. ^ India test-fires nuclear-capable missile[dead link]
  15. ^ "K15 test fired". 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "K-15 SLBM is a beast with gen-next tech". Indian Express. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "India test fires missile from under sea, completes nuclear triad". NDTV. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "India successfully test-fires underwater missile". The Hindu. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Report: India successfully tests nuclear-capable, medium-range missile". The Washington Post. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  21. ^ Luthra, Gulshan (26 November 2015). "Nuclear capable Arihant submarine successfully test-fires unarmed missile". The Economic Times. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
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