- Oct 9, 2020
Brodda , dont we need a small range anti ship missile ?I would not assume things to be so simple.
It was an important objective of past US administrations to try to control India's acquisition of vital technologies and capabilities.
The NPT came into existence after India's Smiling Buddha nuclear test.
Similarly the MTCR came into existence after our Prithvi and Agni Ballis Missile tests.
And how can we forget about the arm twisting of the Russian Government led by Boris Yeltsin by the US to renege on the proposed transfer of Cryogenic Engine technology to ISRO. Even though it was for a purely civilian space programme. No country uses cryogenic engines in their ICBM's or IRBM's.
There are many ways to put pressure on Governments. Withholding IMF and World Bank loans. Putting barriers to exports etc. Talking only about economic coercion.
Other means are also available.
In recent times the Indian Governments move for data localisation by the MNC's has been stalled due to lobbying and other pressure.
As far as technology goes the main sensor on an sea skimming or land hugging cruise missile is the Radio Altimeter. To prevent the missile from crashing into the sea/ground. Along with the other sensors like gyroscopes, terminal seeker, terrain matching software etc. And the engine. Saturn Corporation of Russia was willing to supply the cruise missile engine. So how difficult was the technology.
In contrast, is the technology of an ICBM simpler than an cruise missile. We even managed to develop BVR air to air missiles. Many believe it is an extremely complex technology.
There is a suspicion that reasons other than science were responsible for the delay in launching an indigenous anti ship missile programme.
I am obsessed with anti ship missile since few days , its sad that all the missiles we use are imported.