Indian N-submarine A Threat To Her Own Crew
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Posted 06 November 2002 - 04:38 PM
Thursday November 07, 2002-- Ramadan 01, 1423 A.H.
Indian N-submarine a threat to her own crew
ISLAMABAD: Indian Navy had planned in 1974 to endogenously develop a nuclear powered submarine, which may at long last be reaching fruition, according to the journal NAVAL FORCES (4/2002).
India has planned to build five of such submarines. According to the defence experts the India's plan seems scary when one compares two aspects: India's track record on nuclear safety matters and her ambition to build nuclear submarines.
One could only pity those undersea warriors, who would be made to fight on two fronts in these "killer submarines" - the enemy from outside and material failure risk from within, said the experts.
In fact, they observed, the poor sailors would always remain apprehensive whether they would live to face the real enemy. Just a glance through the Indian track record may put the things into correct perspective.
The experts recalled that the Nuclear submarine Chakra that was taken on lease from Russians developed a radiation leak which resulted in killing of a sailor and causing grievous injury to quite a few others.
And the Chernoble nuclear power plant accidents is not a story of the distant past, in fact the affected people are still seen suffering and cursing the government, and rightly so.
Another nuke safety breach has surfaced in the Times of India October 14, 2002 addition under the title SURAT N-REACTOR FLOUTING SAFETY NORMS.
The paper says while the government releases no information about leaks or accidents it is estimated that 300 incidents have occurred, causing radiation leaks and physical damage to workers.
India's Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar says that the real problem is the requirement of safety upgrades at the power plants, but these are too expensive for developing countries such as India and therefore she should not be held accountable to international standards.
"Judging from the callous attitude of no less a person than the Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission himself, one can only pity the workers who are involved in nuclear business in India," said the experts.
Added to the above is yet another factor, that is 'concealing the facts' which is seen to be on the rise in the Indian Armed Forces. It is reported that during the aircraft accident investigations in Indian Air Force, almost all fatal cases are finalised as human error (because the person is no more alive to defend himself), and all other accidents where the pilot survives are classified as material failure.
This clearly indicates that no blame is made attributable to any living person . "Is all this not an indicator that all snags emerging during the construction, trial and other phases of the Nuclear Submarine will be suppressed by the builders and other authorities just to show a professional out put, little caring for those poor sailors who will be put at the front end of these self destruct machine," the experts observed.
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Posted 06 November 2002 - 09:46 PM
The nuke sub are basically meant to make the IN from a semi blue water navy to a full blue water navy.
Once the aircraft carriers, the scorpene subs along with the project-17 destroyers come in along with the nuke sub india would have one of the best navies in Asia - with the possible exception of Japan whose navy budget is more than India's total defence budget.
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