Pakistan soon to commission a DARHT facility

A disturbing but not surprising piece of news was conveyed by a reliable non-Western, non-Indian government source. The Strategic Plans Division, Chaklala, Pakistan Army — that country’s nuclear secretariat responsible for strategic planning, and operational readiness of that country’s nuclear forces, has been preoccupied with building with China’s expert and material help and technical assistance a Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Testing facility. This DARHT installed in the underground nuclear complex at Golra, will soon be commissioned. In the absence of physical testing, the DARHT facility will help the Pakistani nuclear weaponeers improve their weapons designs and refine their yields. DARHT only provides more evidence for what I have always maintained that, unlike India, Pakistan is very serious about nuclear security, takes nothing for granted, and will not risk weapons that may work well on paper but not as well in reality. The DARHT will propel Pakistan past India in the quality of its nuclear arsenal. What to talk of China, Indian nuclear weaponry may not even stand up to Pakistan’s inventory. The fabled China-Pakistan nuclear nexus, in the event, would become well nigh insurmountable.

Meanwhile, the weapons directorate at BARC, Trombay — severely neglected by New Delhi, languishes — unable anymore to attract the best and the brightest from among the talent pool recruited by DAE because there are no technical challenges to overcome, no forward-looking agenda to realize. India, thus keeps sliding strategically on the nuclear military front and, with the Modi-Obama nuclear compromise, in the civilian nuclear energy sphere, as well. And, the most disastrous thing to happen to the country’s nuclear programme — Dr R Chidambaram continues as Science and technology adviser to PM Modi and, like Nero, fiddles as the Indian nuclear energy programme burns.

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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7 Responses to Pakistan soon to commission a DARHT facility

  1. ~!@#$%^&*()_+ says:

    Only a return to the testing of the TN proper can solve the problem for us. Pakis would be readily allowed access to the chinese TNs if they & chinese want to. Unfortunately a hot testing of the TN seems some time away, right now.

    Modi seems to be under too much pressure of the wrong kind. The public pressure of expectations. Even the supporters are baying for his blood despite his running like a hare. Kind of crazy. Earlier I used to think, probably the educated class deserves a dose of true anarchism and uselessness, that they wish for so earnestly. Now, having witnessed the last 10-12 years, I think the lure of commenting negatively, on a task done well is so great that some people will always be willing to spite their own faces. That is how all the intellectual class got round to supporting AAP like phenomena and the holy carbs of Secularims, Socialism.

    My vote is for Modi to stiffen further. India cannot lose on so that the chatterjees of the world can ‘feel’ smart saying ‘I told you so’.

  2. Nidhi Manoj says:

    Pakistan is the most improved nuclear weapon state when it comes to securing its nuclear assets, according to the 2014 Nuclear Threat Initiative Nuclear Materials Security Index. Pakistan has been very transparent about its obligations and the steps taken to meet its international commitments, being a party to international conventions related to safety and security.

  3. Anaya Shahid says:

    Pakistan will surely improve the quality of nuclear weapons from the data sets from DARHT experiments are used to verify nuclear weapons-related computer codes by providing multiple X-ray pictures of imploding weapon component mockups from two viewpoints at a 90-degree angle. These images are used to evaluate the hydrodynamics of nuclear weapons components. This area of hydrodynamics is the study of how solid materials behave like liquids under extreme pressures and temperatures.

  4. nehath says:

    Pakistan is opting for a DARHT facility and everyone in the world knows about this. It reflects that Pakistan is categorically very open and clear about its nuclear standing unlike other countries especially India and Israel which always maintain an ambiguous stance. The respective country always comes under series of questions regarding its nuclear security. But DARHT initiative indicates that Pakistan has strong concerns to maintain deterrence in all dimensions in order to counter any hostile act from the neighborhood. It also emphasizes Pakistan commitment to credible minimum deterrence policy too despite of continued opposition from almost the whole world.

  5. aks says:

    LOL @ the three fake ids above, all posting Pak propoganda, nice..just shows how deep the ISIs tentacles run in the online world

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