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Originally posted by orangetom1999
Daedalus3 and others,
I agree..this is India's first "branching out into this field of ICBM type boats. This is more of a prototype for upcoming developments. What works, doesnt work, needs improving and modification will be incorporated into the next generation of boats.
Another item of curiosity. I hope the Indian Navy has progressed further than the Russians and do not use liquid fueled rockets in their boomers. Solid fuel is sufficiently peculear...but liquid fuel..in a confined space....what were the Russians thinking???
I am not familiar of the commercial side of Indian reactor capabilities. Do they even have a trained pool of fuelers/refuelers and the facilities for doing such radioactive/contamination work. Drydock facilities et al. It is rather involved and complicated work to do safely and dispose of the waste products. Also it takes some time to properly train and maintain qualified peoples to do this type of work...in addition to the expenses.
Also to train nuclear qualified peoples to do this work in shipyards or in the Navy itself.
Very true, the only difference being India needs to hit the ground running on operating nuclear
Originally posted by hp1229
reply to post by Daedalus3
India always had the skills, financial capability to design and manufacture their own military hardware and be self sufficient. However that dream is still far from reality. India should learn from the chinese (poor russians getting sick of clarifying the contract to the chinese). Buy 1 and Copy many if it intends to keep up with the latest and the greatest. There are several pork barrel projects in India as they have in the US. Some just like the others are intended to feed the Defence Leaches. It would be nice to see more than few deployed into the Indian Navy within a short period rather than wait forever (just like their Kaveri Engine Project).