DRDO’s Tall Claims Face Criticism

By admin • June 25th, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi — India has once again been criticised for making false moral and ethical claims regarding the issue of the weaponisation of space. The reason India has been implicated is because of the sweeping proclamations that the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has made with reference to military space programme.

Sources indicated that the DRDO, unbeknownst of the policy implications of its statements, has revealed that the development of ASAT (anti-satellite weaponry) for electronic or physical destruction of satellites in both LEO (low earth orbit) and geo-synchronous orbit can be expected to be completed by 2015. This was published in DRDO’s Technology Perspective and Capability Roadmap.

As a result, the US based organisation called the Military Space Transparency Project (MSTP) has pointed out that the DRDO’s statement “blatantly contradicts statements by Indian political leaders that deny any intent by their nation to pursue space weapons”.

In the past, the Indian Prime Minister and other prominent leaders have spoken against weapons in outer space. A few years back, Indian ministers had openly criticised China’s kinetic kill vehicle (KKV) and stated that the security and safety of assets in outer space is of crucial importance for global economic and social development. Even the Prime Minister of India has gone on record to say that India is not in favour of the weaponisation of outer space.

However, MSTP indicated that this is not the first time that India has made false claims about its ethicality and turned out to be an embarrassment to the world with its double standards.

A report entitled “Military Dimensions in the Future of the Indian Presence in Space”, published in 2000 by V Siddhartha, an officer on the personal staff of the DRDO chief, indicated that India could deploy a directed energy weapon in space by 2010 besides the creation of a system called the KALI (kinetic attack loitering interceptor). Despite all the talk from the Indian political leaders, military agencies like the DRDO still go ahead and completely contradict them by pursuing space weapons.

According to the MSTP, the setting of target dates for the development of anti-satellite systems by any nation should be considered shocking, particularly given the scrutiny that was paid to nations such as China and the US when they each demonstrated a direct-ascent ability to strike satellites in space.

source: india defence online

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