Extraordinary weapons

According to a source, one and half to two months back COAS Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha witnessed the demonstration of extraordinary weapons DRDO labs have been attempting to develop, such as bunker-busting bombs. The one device that abjectly failed related to EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) system — in technical terms “a magnetic flux compression generator” that can knock out whole communications grids. Initiated at AEC’s laser facility in Indore many years ago, weaponizing the concept was undertaken only a few years ago by DRDO. Designed to yield 100 megagauze the device, mounted on a tower, “tore itself into pieces” reportedly because of wrong experimental parameters, geometry, and magnetic field configuration. As a consequence the device — that can be used from an airborne platform or ground based, in which case, the earth is a conducive medium — in the manner of a shaped charge however suffered “asymmetric explosion” (in the process knocking out at most a few cell phones). There’s a history behind the EMP weapon project. Several years ago, the Russians offered to design one for India and asked for involvement of certain Indian scientists by name. For whatever reasons, DRDO and MOD showed no interest!!!

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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4 Responses to Extraordinary weapons

  1. Subhhash Bhagwat says:

    It appears to me that even the Russians did not have it. Why would the have to develop it for India if they had it? The question I would ask is whether the GOI tried to rope in the thousands of Indian scientists scattered all over the world and doing excellent R&D, for other countries I might add!? There is no shame in not succeeding in early stages but there is great shame in not putting in the right effort. India needs to develop indigenous R&D capabilities by using Indian talent and skill, not by running to foreigners every time. Let me recall the case of the Rourkela steel plant. The Germans had never built a plant using that technology. It took long years of experimentation, trial and error to finally make it work. The Germans blamed Indian work ethics for years until a German appointed investigator revealed the truth that a lot of blame had to be borne by German incompetence! Although the venture was allegedly “development aid” (Entwicklungshilfe!), the reality was that most of it was loan India had to repay. In short, India paid for developing the technology used at Rourkela. What did India learn from that experience?

    • Couldn’t agree with you more! Wish we had a system that could suck up the talent available in India and abroad for developing high-technology in cutting-edge fields, but even more an inviting and attractive work environment here to make it worth their while for Indian expats to return home, pursue their professional interests, build up the country, and also be rewarded with national recognition, etc.

    • RV says:

      Very fine post, with plenty of substance, I suspect The Indians just need to persevere!

  2. Arun Vishwakarma says:

    Just a small correction: megagauze should read as megagauss.

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