Tuesday, January 26, 2010

India's Anti-Ballistic Missile Program Shifting to Accommodate Anti-Satellite Weapons

The goals for India's anti-ballistic missile (ABM) and ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs may be shifting to accommodate an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon more quickly than previously planned, and this could radically alter the agenda of US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is currently in the middle of a three-day visit to India. "Memories in New Delhi run deep about how India's relative tardiness in developing strategic offensive systems [nuclear weapons] redounded in its relegation on 'judgment day' [when the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was signed in 1968] to the formal category of non-nuclear weapons state," said Sourabh Gupta, senior research associate at Samuels International Associates in Washington, DC.

"With its early support of the former US president George W Bush's ballistic missile defense program and its current drive toMdevelop anti-ballistic missile/anti-satellite capability, New Delhi is determined not to make the same mistake twice," added Gupta. "If and when globally negotiated restraints are placed on such strategic defensive systems or technologies - perhaps restraints of some sort of ASAT testing/hit-to-kill technologies - India will already have crossed the technical threshold in that regard, and acknowledgement of such status [will be] grand-fathered into any such future agreement."

After watching China's moves since the highly controversial satellite shootdown which China undertook in January 2007, India has now openly declared its desire to match China.  ...........................India targets China's satellites


Matching Chinese capability may be the only burning desire for Indians to pursue that path. Otherwise that capability would be pretty much useless for India. The question is which country’s satellite India would dare destroying in future. Given the fact that only stronger nations have their satellites orbiting around the earth, a strong retaliation to any rouge action would not allow Indians to use that capability if achieved at all. Having a global ban on achieving or testing such a capability is also highly unlikely in near future. So that can not be used as a justification to embark upon such a useless course. Well, one can hope that sanity will prevail in Indian government and the money will be spent on some useful purpose such as alleviating wide-spread poverty in India.

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Dear Mr. George,

Pakistan and China both which India looks as potential threat has satellites roaming around the space. So the program for developing Anti satellite system is to counter these spies from space in case any of Indian satellite is shot down by either. Or in your opinion, no country should develop such system unless their satellite is shot down.

It will b e great to balance the regional power.

It will start another race of weapons in the region

Well imagine India taking a Chinese satellite down! I am not sure India wants to make another mistake from 60s in that department.

Then imagine India taking a Pakistani satellite down! Aham! I am sorry but we don't have anything up there and if you notice things in Pakistan, we don't seem to be interested in putting anything up there anyway.

Who else India wants to take down with this system? America? Bullocks!

I feel sorry for all the poor people who could use this vast sum of money, which is sadly being spent on putting a weird show of economic power!

The fact that there is a real reason for an anti-satellite missile system is least for China.
Try reading:
"America's Dim Mak Points - Unrestricted Warfare in the 21st Century" by Victor N. Corpus 2009

It will be obvious why China's new ability is making the US nervous.

somebody said "if u want peace ,always be prepared for war".it dose not mean becoming a warring country.looking at the region's unbalanced power equation its better for india to devlop its capability.

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