Skip to comments.The secret undersea weapon(India's nuclear submarine)
Posted on 01/18/2008 10:17:50 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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Like pieces of a complex jigsaw puzzle, ATV project sites are scattered across the country.
Indira Gandhi Atomic Research Centre near Chennai fabricates ATVs light water nuclear reactor. Visakhapatnam
ATV production line at the Ship Building Centre. School of Advanced Underwater Warfare (SAUV) for training ATV crews.
Indigenously developed control room simulator.
Evolution of strategic submarine operational doctrines.
Strategic submarine base south of Vizag will be commissioned by 2011.
ATV project headquarters.
Rare Materials Project near Mysore supplies enriched uranium for ATV reactor.
Sagarika complex is fabricating and developing SLBM. Project began in 1994.
Special underwater launch test platform for test-firing ATVs missile.
Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory developing ATV sensors.
what, a nuclear slingshot?
Also, I doubt China will be very happy about this boat going to sea as, quite obviously, they're the logical reason for this boat to be built in the first place.
37 years for the whole programme.Don’t expect the sub & it’s design to be that old.Firstly,I think work on a design itself started in the late 80s after India leased a Soviet boat..I believe atleast 3 design variants,starting from a copy of the old Soviet Charlie-II to a smaller indegnious design in the mid 90s were evaluated.From the looks of the artist impression(by no means definitive),it seems to borrow a bit from the Russian Akula class submarine.
No matter how good your engineers/architects,if the policy makers & strategists don’t know what they want,you will never get there.
Amen to that.
Not bad, I hope it will be upgraded to reach Shanghai someday to give the Chicoms a “hello”.
37 years to build that? What an achievement.
...We’d better look out because they might get to the moon first.
About 25 years of which were spent on debating whether an N-sub was required in the first place.
It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the new Chinese SSBN's that have been coming out in the past couple of years.
>>>Not bad, I hope it will be upgraded to reach Shanghai someday to give the Chicoms a hello.<<<
I hope so. OR the Indian Navy will help the Chicoms screw us here.
I wonder if the Indians allow cows on their subs as well?
And the answer was yes. Without SSBNs, a nuclear deterrent has no credibility unless you want to either move missiles periodically on trucks and trains or keep airplanes with nukes in the air 24/7. The problem is that SSBNs are extraordinarily expensive to build and maintain. And you have to build them quiet so that they aren't followed. Good luck to India on the endeavor. I just hope they have the security procedures in place to prevent this technology from leaking to Pakistan. The last thing the world needs is for Pakistan to have the technology to build a blue water sub that can deploy nuclear weapons around the world.
WIth a reactor on board, you can stay underwater until you run out of food for the crew. You won't run out of motive power, or air, or drinking water before you run out of food. You can literally stay submerged for months without surfacing once.
I'm not terribly afraid of India. In fact, I think they're a natural ally -- they're threatened by China more immediately than we are. And if they can carry more of the freight for patrolling the Indian Ocean and the southwestern Pacific, more power to 'em.
But on the other hand, another country with boomers means more targets to track that aren't easy to track, and as we've learned from bitter experience, many times at great cost, yesterday's friends aren't always tomorrow's.
Umm,should the Pakis need nuke-capable subs,the Chicoms shall hand it over to them.Like they have always done by handing over nuke warhead designs,ballistic & cruise missiles.
Pakistan has built atleast 2 French Agosta-90B class subs under license,which can fire the French Exocet & US Harpoon(Pakistan signed up for 50 more).These are equipped with AIP modules to enhance endurance considerably,while still being far cheaper than an N-boat.The Pakis reportedly plan to modify those ships to fire their Babur/Hatf-7 cruise missiles-about as effective as a boomer by their standards & far more cost-effective.
About the Indian boat-firstly,this is just an article.Most resources on India’s sub based missile programme are not sure whether it will carry cruise or ballistic weapons-so we will have to wait & watch.
It just needs enough stealth to prevent detection by Chinese vessels.
If so, if it is not evading our detection, then it is not a threat to us. Just to them. Im cool with that.
I only hope this country has enough common sense to not get between these two when they decide to nuke it out!
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