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India military uranium enrichment activity revealed by Google Earth?

Discussion in 'Indian Military Doctrine' started by Steel, Oct 6, 2011.

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  1. Steel

    Steel Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    The Hindu : News / International : India military uranium enrichment activity revealed by Google Earth?

    In a discovery that could prove to be a major embarrassment to the Indian military a think-tank in the United States has used satellite imagery from Google Earth to observe what appeared to be construction activity around a new gas centrifuge near the Indian Rare Materials Plant (IRMP) for top-secret military uranium enrichment.

    Publicly announcing its discovery of likely progress in India’s military uranium enrichment programme at the IRMP site not far from Mysore, the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said that an image that it noticed from February 28, 2011 suggests that the new facility under construction is roughly 210 meters by 150 meters.

    A report in Nuclear Intelligence Weekly earlier this month had additionally noted that Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Director R.K. Sinha had admitted that India was “building a new uranium enrichment facility†but it was unclear whether Mr. Sinha was referencing the RMP site or a planned new enrichment facility near the town of Chitradurga, according to ISIS.

    The publication revealing the likely gas centrifuge construction activity also shows two cranes adjacent to the construction sites whereas the satellite image from March 2010 reportedly showed mostly excavation work and site clearing for the new facility. According to specialists at ISIS who have tracked India’s secretive nuclear programme, which is aimed at delivering Highly Enriched Uranium for military uses, a facility observed adjacent to the new construction is in all likelihood the existing uranium enrichment facility.

    This older enrichment facility was approximately 130 meters by 130 meters, ISIS analyst Paul Brannan said, noting however that the new facility under construction would be “much larger†than its predecessor. Extending that logic further Mr. Brannan noted that if the facility under construction was intended to be a new uranium enrichment plant, “it may house a greater number of centrifuges giving India a larger enrichment capacity.â€

    The discovery corroborates observations made based on procurement evidence in 2006, that India would soon add at least 3,000 gas centrifuges to its enrichment programme and that its uranium enrichment program would likely continue to expand, Mr. Brannan said.

    “A new gas centrifuge plant would indicate that the military uranium enrichment program is indeed expanding and that further procurement activities are likely ongoing,†his paper noted.

    The publishing of the sensitive photographs of the site suggests that there are yet further issues for the Indian government to resolve with Google Earth. Even as far back as 2006 media reports suggest that Indian officials, from then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to several top functionaries of the Indian Space Research Organisation, had voiced concerns surrounding Google Earth publishing photographs of sensitive sites on Indian soil.

    At the time Google Earth reportedly agreed to blur out such photographs, although this week’s discovery shows the photographs in striking detail, including the cranes working on the site.
     
  2. Steel

    Steel Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Should'nt our govt be more strict on these issues...........
     
  3. Nirmzz

    Nirmzz 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    If this is true, then it would be utterly disgraceful of the Indian military. I will wait for official confirmation or a press release from IA before I say anything further. Sensitivity of these issues are of upmost paramount its not to dilly dally with.
     
  4. jagjitnatt

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    What is so disgraceful about it mate???

    You can not make out if the enrichment plant will produce uranium for military purposes. It could be for civil nuclear power plants, or for research.

    Secondly, even if it is for military purposes, one should not forget that Pakistan, a country run by ISI and military, with deep links into terrorist organizations is mass producing nuclear weapons beyond its handling capability, all of which are aimed towards us.

    We have the right to build more warheads. We haven't signed any treaty or agreement that doesn't allow us to build more warheads.
     
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  5. Nirmzz

    Nirmzz 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Dear respected jagjitnatt I totally agree with you in everything, what I am surprised and applauded by is that an enrichment facility such as this should be constructed in a secret location, which should not be visible to people using Google earth or any other spy satellite network. These are strategic assets that need to be safeguarded. In the event of war taking place why are we openly disclosing the whereabouts of these targets that can be easily identified as easy targets.

    I for one agree that our nuclear stockpiles should be twice that of Pakistan’s. I think you got me wrong in the aspect I was criticizing the IA’s inability to construct facilities either underground or away from the open sky.

    The Indian military should at least be in agreement with Google to not disclose strategic assets of a country on a public medium. They are quick to bounce on incorrect maps of India, so what not this.
     
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    google earth is new gen spy service
     
  7. jagjitnatt

    jagjitnatt Major ELITE MEMBER

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    Enrichment facilities can not be constructed underground. Some part of it will always be above ground. That is the reason all of these facilities can be seen on google earth.

    There is no escaping satellite surveillance when it comes to enrichment facilities.
     
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    jagjitnatt Major ELITE MEMBER

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    A dirt poor country where you get to post on website through internet and a Laptop???
     
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  9. Nirmzz

    Nirmzz 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Don't hide behind our flag we all know where your filth comes from. If you have any shame at all change that flag and stop posting crap.
     
  10. vikas jat

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    false flagger ...................
     
  11. Manmohan Yadav

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    You are some pakistani, i bet any amount of money.
     
  12. RoYaN

    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Can we please Ignore the damn troll post and get on with the topic!!
     
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    Can it not be made under Mountainous regions??
     
  14. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    No it cant, would be way to expensive,

    besides we dont have to worry,
    it has ample protection on the ground.
     
  15. Nick 779

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    Shameful on you to troll and issue baseless statements if you really are an Indian.:sick: India is neither a dirt poor country like Pakistan, living out on aid, and is neither acting like a military power, it is a military power.:india:
     
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