India on Sunday conducted the final anticipated trial launch of a ballistic missile intended to be deployed on submarines, the Press Trust of India reported.
"The medium-range K-5 ballistic missile was test-fired successfully today from an underwater pontoon and all parameters of the test firing were met," according to V.K. Saraswat, head of India's Defense Research and Development Organization.
New Delhi had already conducted in excess of 10 trial flights of the missile. The weapon could be placed on India's new submarine INS Arihant, which would give the nation a full nuclear triad of air, ground and sea nuclear delivery systems.
"This is a significant development and capability enhancement. The launch of the [submarine-launched ballistic missile] is a complex technological development. And now since the missile is ready for induction, this is a major punctuation in India's indigenous missile development program," said former Commodore Uday Bhaskar.
Work continues on two additional missiles -- the K-15 and Brahmos -- that could be loaded onto submarines, according to the report.