India quietly gate crashes into submarine-launched ballistic missiles club?

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  1. Ganesh2691

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    India quietly gate crashes into submarine-launched ballistic missiles club?

    NEW DELHI: India in April yanked open the door of the exclusive ICBM ( intercontinental ballistic missile) club with the first test of Agni-V. Now, if DRDO is to be believed, India has quietly gate-crashed into an even more exclusive club of nuclear-tipped submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).

    The annual awards function of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on Tuesday will see PM Manmohan Singh hand over the ``technology leadership award'' to a scientist, A K Chakrabarti of the Hyderabad-based DRDL lab, for the ``successful development'' of the country's first SLBM.

    ``Apart from India, this capability has been acquired only by four nations, the US, Russia, France and China. Now, the SLBM system is ready for induction,'' says the award citation.

    Long shrouded in secrecy as a ``black project'', unlike the surface-to-surface nuclear missiles like Agni, the SLBM may now finally come out of the closet. Called different names at different developmental phases, which included ``Sagarika'' for an extended period, the SLBM in question is the ``K-15'' missile with a 750-km strike range.

    Celebrations, however, may be a little premature. Much like the over 5,000-km Agni-V that will be fully operational only by 2015 after four-to-five ``repeatable tests'', the K-15 is also still some distance away from being deployed.

    While the SLBM may be fully-ready and undergoing production now, as DRDO contends after conducting its test several times from submersible pontoons, its carrier INS Arihant will take at least a year before it's ready for ``deterrent patrols''.

    India's first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine, the 6,000-tonne INS Arihant, is still undergoing ``harbor-acceptance trials'' with all its pipelines being cleared and tested meticulously on shore-based steam before its miniature 83 MW pressurized light-water reactor goes ``critical''.

    The submarine will then undergo extensive ``sea-acceptance trials'' and test-fire the 10-tonne K-15, which can carry a one-tonne nuclear payload, from the missile silos on its hump.

    Only then will India's missing third leg of the nuclear triad - the ability to fire nukes from land, air and sea - be in place. INS Arihant has four silos on its hump to carry either 12 K-15s or four of the 3,500-km range K-4 missiles undergoing tests at the moment. The first two legs revolve around the Agni missiles and fighters like Sukhoi-30MKIs and Mirage-2000s jury-rigged to deliver nuclear warheads.

    The sea-based nuclear leg in the shape of SLBMs is much more effective — as also survivable being relatively immune to pre-emptive strikes — than the air or land ones. Nuclear-powered submarines, which are capable of operating silently underwater for months at end, armed with nuclear-tipped missiles are, therefore, considered the most potent and credible leg of the triad.

    With even the US and Russia ensuring that two-thirds of the strategic warheads they eventually retain under arms reduction agreements will be SLBMs, India with a clear ``no-first use'' nuclear doctrine needs such survivable second-strike capability to achieve credible strategic deterrence.

    India quietly gate crashes into submarine-launched ballistic missiles club? - The Times of India
     
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    production was started last year.
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Where do journalists learn to write such breathless prose?
     
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    The catch word is "if DRDO is to be believed.....". So let them demonstrate it first !
     
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    they compete with DRDO in Bomblasing in air......
     
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    they acquire it or not but such things should be 21st century secrets of india
     
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    Perry deterrence is to deter other not to attack India, therefore enemy must know that we have them and we wont hesitate to use them in case we are attacked with such force that will be unacceptable to enemy. If we hide such capability then we surely will get attacked.
     
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    Jingoism and false news. The fact is that India has never tested any ICBM.

    Optimism is good, jingoism is not.

    Let's get real, shall we?
     
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    R-Glass composite canister for the K-15 Sagarika submarine launched missile
     
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    DRDO Chief has said on NDTV that it is medium range missile.........:rolleyes:

    he sure knows how to speed in double language to make our enemy guessing :rofl:
     
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    any idea what is medium range of SLBM?
     
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    My guess would be a submarine launched IRBM. Not sure.
     
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    yeah it appears that he has hinted at that when specific question on its range was asked by NDTV reporter.
     
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    Article written by TOI resident fool Rajat Pandit, enuf said :)
     
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    K-15 Sagarika have 700km strike range..
     
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    My experience has been that they (DRDO) do overdo in their claims.

    It is not that the DRDO does not have good and fine scientists and technocrats. They do have. However, they are hamstrung with the bureaucratic ways of the Organisation and their initiative and drives sinks and they get lost into the system.

    However, to keep themselves (DRDO) relevant and the funds coming fast and thick to support their comfortable life, perks and 'working' regimen, they exaggerate their achievements and possible achievements in the offing.

    The latest chicanery is the publicity blitz with breathless excitement over the "Indigenous" 155m Artillery gun they have "invented". The so called invention is merely a tweaked version of the Bofors of which the OFB had the technical drawings already under the TOT and had not used so far!!!!!

    Even the PM has seen through their game!
     
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    sir question is does this range come into medium range?
     
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    sir question is does this range come into medium range?
     
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    700km is with a 1000kg warhead. Range is much higher with a smaller warhead.

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    i always suspect that k15 has range of 1500 km or more, anything short will be useless for special package.
     
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