Defense Minister AK Antony has congratulated the team of scientists involved in the tests.
Launch from a submarine and integration of the three types of capabilities will mean completion of the nuclear triad, which is available only with a few countries like the US, France, Russia and China. The submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is being readied for deployment on various platforms including the around 6,000-tonne indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant which will soon be ready for sea trials, sources said. The missile is part of the family of underwater missiles being developed by DRDO for the Indian strategic forces’ underwater platforms. The DRDO has already developed the BO5 missile, which can strike targets at a range of around 420 miles. India has a no-first-use policy for nuclear weapons and the development of an SLBM boosts its retaliatory strike capability, experts said. India has for some time possessed the Agni series of ballistic missiles as well as fighter-bomber aircraft to constitute the land and air-based legs of the nuclear triad. (PTI)