Skip to comments.Shaurya surfaces as India's underwater nuclear missile
Posted on 02/17/2010 9:21:46 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The countrys top defence scientist has, for the first time, revealed that Indias new Shaurya missile, which can carry a one-tonne nuclear warhead over 750 kilometers, is specially designed to be fired from Indian submarines and could form the crucial third leg of Indias nuclear deterrent.
If launched from a submarine off the China coast, it could hit several Chinese cities like Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.
Air and land-based nuclear weapons are delivered to their targets by fighter aircraft and ballistic missiles, respectively. Since these can be knocked out by an enemy first strike, the most reliable nuclear deterrent has traditionally been underwater, missiles hidden in a submarine.
V K Saraswat, the DRDO chief and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, revealed to Business Standard at the ongoing Defexpo 2010, We have designed the Shaurya so that it can be launched from under water as easily as from land. The gas-filled canister that houses the missile fits easily into a submarine. The underwater leg of the nuclear triad needs to be totally reliable and needs a state-of-the-art missile.
Indias undersea deterrent had so far revolved around the K-15 ballistic missile, built with significant help from Russia. The K-15 was to equip the INS Arihant, Indias lone nuclear-powered submarine, which is being constructed in Visakhapatnam. But now, after rigorous underwater testing, the Shaurya could be the mainstay of Arihants arsenal.
The Shaurya was developed from ground up as a submarine-capable missile, confirms Dr Prahlada, the top DRDO scientist responsible for liaising with the military. Every piece of technology for fitting it in a submarine is already in place.
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Basic operative principle is superCavitation —the mechanism behind the Russian schkval underWater rocket (guidance is a real trick).
They have had some accidents with these.
Its supposed to be a hybrid missile.
Shiny presents for Pakistan.
We should be courting India instead of Pakistan. Pakistan is a lost cause.