Nuclear strategic programme to be strengthened further: AEC chief

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  1. EagleOne

    EagleOne Regular Member

    May 10, 2010
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    India's strategic programme will be strengthened further to ensure minimum credible deterrence, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Srikumar Banerjee said today.

    "Our strategic programme will be further strengthened to ensure minimum credible deterrence -- our triad of the delivery system will be fully functional," he said addressing the Department of Atomic Energy staff on the 101st birth anniversary of nuclear scientist Homi Bhabha.

    "Electromagnetic and high power microwave devices will be deployed in our missile defence system," Banerjee said while enumerating the achievements of the department.

    Banerjee also said different kinds of scanners will be deployed at all entry and exit points on land, air and sea to provide security against any unauthorised movement of nuclear materials.

    Electronic Corporation of India (ECIL) of the DAE along with a private partner are making these scanners with the help of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and already one such scanner for containers is being installed in the Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Nhava Sheva in Maharashtra, Banerjee said.

    Following the April incident of radiation exposure in Mayapuri in Delhi, DAE did not take any chance during the Commonwealth Games, he said.

    During the sporting event, ECIL supplied equipment worth Rs 230 crore and a large number of personnel from various security agencies were trained on detection of any radiation sources and mitigation of any radiation emergency, he said.

    In addition, during the Games, a team of scientists was deputed at the venues for radiation surveillance, Banerjee said.

    On the issue of international collaboration, Banerjee said there are several projects in which India will be participating and establishing several facilities in the country to attract international scientists, including those of Indian origin.

    BARC Director R K Sinha said as part of the Indo-US deal, transport of imported fuel from research reactor APSARA out of Trombay has already commenced. The new design of APSARA will have several advanced features that will include advanced dispersion type uranium silicide fuel.

    BARC has also commissioned a new reprocessing plant in Tarapur this morning to carry out the reprocessing of power reactor fuel.
  3. RAM

    RAM The southern Man Senior Member

    Jul 15, 2009
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    India will soon have potential to launch N-warhead from land, air or water

    India would soon have the potential to launch a nuclear warhead from land, air or water. For the first time, the country’s Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) chief Srikumar Banerjee spoke about the weaponisation programmes undertaken to ensure minimum credible detterence. The announcement was made atthe founder’s day celebrations at BARC, India’s main n-weapon complex, on Friday.

    He said that all the three forces, the Army, Navy and Air Force, will have fully functional delivery systems.“Our strategic programme will be further strengthened to assure minimum credible deterrents – our triad of the delivery system will be fully functional,” Banerjee said.This would ensure that missiles carrying nuclear warheads could be delivered by the Army, Navy or Air Force.

    The AEC chief also said that entry and exit points to the country, by land, sea and air, will be equipped with scanners of different kinds to provide security against any unauthorised movement of nuclear materials.In the wake of Pokhran nuclear weapons tests conducted in May 1998, former prime minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee had said that India would have a minimum credible deterrent and the delivery systems for the Army, Navy and Air Force will be fully functional.Also, this is for the first time since the embargo on civil nuclear co-operation was lifted in September 2008 that India has talked about its weaponisation programme to ensure minimum credible deterrence.

    “Electromagnetic and high power microwave devices will be deployed in our missile defence system,” Banerjee also said. Deployment of electromagnetic and high power microwave devices in missile defence system would help our missiles home into targets with precision, he added.

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