ramana wrote:Sunil, Please post the TSS article in full. The K-15 air booster and vehicle design are quite unique and appear to have multipurpose use. This is the proverbial universal missile.
Let me do the honors on behalf of Sunil saar.
Posting the Frontline Article in Full from the link above :-
Volume 25 - Issue 06 :: Mar. 15-28, 2008
INDIA'S NATIONAL MAGAZINE
from the publishers of THE HINDU
The successful launch of Sagarika, or K-15, demonstrates Indiaâ€™s submarine-to-surface missile capabilities.
IN missile technology, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has arrived. In the past few months, it has had a phenomenal run of success with its various missiles, and it proved on February 26 that it had acquired the capability to launch ballistic missiles from under the sea. On that day, a ballistic missile named Sagarika, or K-15, blasted off flawlessly from a pontoon submerged to a depth of 50 metres in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It knifed upwards as the water around it sizzled, rose into the sky, traced a parabola, and reached its full range, a point more than 700 kilometres away. The pontoon simulated the conditions of a submarine.
India thus joins the select club of countries, which includes Russia, the United States, France, China and the United Kingdom, with submarine launch capabilities. What affirmed Indiaâ€™s entry into this league was that this was the fifth launch of the Sagarika missile from a submerged pontoon and, according to DRDO missile technologists, all the five were â€œconsistently successfulâ€