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Nuclear triad weapons ready for deployment: DRDO chief

The weapons systems for the country’s nuclear triad, including submarine-launched ballistic missiles, are ‘fully ready’ for deployment, Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Avinash Chander said on Monday. Addressing a gathering at an Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) event, he said the nuclear reactor on board the indigenously-developed INS Arihant nuclear submarine is also critical and is running on its ‘full power;’ before it is launched for sea trials. The weapons for the nuclear triad are ‘either fully developed or are ready to be deployed,’ Chander said.

The nuclear triad is the capability to launch a nuclear weapon from sea, air and land. India will complete it once the Arihant is operational giving it the option to retaliate to nuclear strike through submarine-launched BO-5 missiles. The Arihant is expected to be launched for sea trials in next few months. The Agni series missiles can be used to carry out attacks from land while some of the Inidan Airforce airrcraft are also capable of launching nuclear attacks.

‘Compare performance of Indian-foreign weapon systems’

Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Avinash Chander on Monday stressed on the need for a comparison between the performance of indigenous and imported weapon systems against the backdrop of the government focusing on developing home grown defence industrial base. Emphasising on the induction of indigenous weapon systems, he took an apparent dig at the armed forces saying such equipment should not be rejected ‘merely because it weighs 50 grams more than the imported stuff’. He also claimed that the Arjun tank was better than the Russian-origin T-90 tanks on many aspects. ‘Let us have a performance audit of both imported and indigenous weapon system and comparisons,’ Chander said.
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