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    India will have a credible nuclear triad capability in about 2015

    India will probably have a credible nuclear strategic triad capability in 2015. India’s first ballistic nuclear submarine (SSBN), the INS Arihant (which means destroyer of enemies), has been moved out of harbor for sea trials. The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) recently tested a 3,000 km range submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) named K-4, from a pontoon submerged 30 feet deep, off the coast of Visakhapatnam located on the eastern coast.

    The longer range K-4 will complement the shorter range K-15, also known as Sagarika, with a range of 750 km. The K-15’s range is a significant limitation, and constricts room for maneuvering. The submarine has to move close to enemy shores to launch the missile, making it vulnerable to detection. The K-4, with a range of 3,000 km, gives the submarine enough standoff distance to fire while remaining hidden deep in the Indian Ocean, or within territorial waters. Each Arihant class submarine, displacing 6000 tons, can carry four K-4 missiles or twelve K-15 missiles. While the K-15 has been repeatedly tested and validated, the K-4 has only been test fired for the first time. Several more tests are required before it can be cleared for serial production and operationally deployed.

    The first Arihant-class submarine is undergoing sea trials in 2014 and will be succeeded by three additional submarines, expected to be in commission by 2023.



    China is getting nuclear triad capability in 2014. China is deploying a nuclear missile submarine this year. They already have HK6 strategic bombers and land based nuclear missiles.




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    Re: India will have a credible nuclear triad capability in about 2015

    The article is very poor. It misses some crucial facts that are relevant to the discussion. China has thermonuclear warheads with MIRV. This means their warheads do more damage and there are more of them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

    "The Type 094 submarine is capable of carrying 12-16 of the more modern JL-2s with a range of approximately 8,000-12,000 km, and is capable of targeting some of the Western Hemisphere from close to the Chinese coast."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

    In contrast the Arihant can only carry four K-4 missile of 3000 km range. It falls short in every measurable metric. The K-5 missile, mirved and armed with thermonuclear warheads is the only way to catch up with the established nuclear powers. This is only a prototype for what India will eventually have, not by any means a significant force
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    Re: India will have a credible nuclear triad capability in about 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Dragon View Post
    The article is very poor. It misses some crucial facts that are relevant to the discussion. China has thermonuclear warheads with MIRV. This means their warheads do more damage and there are more of them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

    "The Type 094 submarine is capable of carrying 12-16 of the more modern JL-2s with a range of approximately 8,000-12,000 km, and is capable of targeting some of the Western Hemisphere from close to the Chinese coast."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

    In contrast the Arihant can only carry four K-4 missile of 3000 km range. It falls short in every measurable metric. The K-5 missile, mirved and armed with thermonuclear warheads is the only way to catch up with the established nuclear powers. This is only a prototype for what India will eventually have, not by any means a significant force
    It's conformed that India have thermonuclear bomb, so i would assume that we have warheads also.http://m.rediff.com/news/report/inte...r/20091214.htm
    i agree with rest of your post.
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