January 08, 2001 Issue

  The Genius of Anand
Finally, India has a world champion. And that in a game played in 156 countries, not eight. The story of Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand's rise from rookie to king.


Hideouts of Terror
The relative ease with which the Lashkar-e-Toiba's jehadis were able to penetrate into the heart of Delhi is a pointer to the networks of support that the ISI has created throughout India.


Separated at Berth
Partition has resulted in squabbles over sharing of people and resources.


Fifth Column
by Tavleen Singh
Year of Inaction

by Jairam Ramesh
New Set of Fiscal Rules


Right Angle
by Swapan Dasgupta
Awaiting the Backlash

Other stories

Friendly Foes


Secular Show




Cruise Control

The INS Sindhushastra submarine will play a decisive role in a conflict—at sea or on land

When the Russian-built submarine INS Sindhushastra pulled into the naval dockyard at Mumbai in October, it opened a new chapter in India’s naval prowess. The Sindhushastra, which was tested during the DGX-2000 war exercises in the Arabian Sea in November, is a force multiplier armed with the 300-km range Club cruise missiles that can attack targets on both land and sea. Cruise missiles are smart bombs that can be programmed to hit a target several hundred kilometres away. Unlike ballistic missiles, cruise missiles can take a circuitous route to reach their target. This means that besides helping the navy control the seas, the Sindhushastra can directly influence the battle on land. It is the first Indian submarine that can fire cruise missiles when submerged, a capability that makes it that much more deadlier. Also, the cruise missiles bestow on the navy an option to wield the nuclear deterrent pending the deployment of its long-delayed indigenous nuclear submarine.

Senior officials at the Western Naval Command maintain a discreet silence on the capabilities of the Sindhushastra, only confirming that the submarine was now “combat ready”. But the mood in the navy is understandably upbeat. As a senior naval officer puts it, “We achieved remarkable results and it should warm the hearts of every Indian.”

Indeed. The Club missiles use satellite data to zero in on their target with deadly precision. They travel at speeds almost three times the speed of sound, which makes it virtually impossible to intercept them.

The Club missile is a shorter range descendant of Russia’s Granat cruise missile, which was dubbed the “Tomahawkski” by nato for its startling resemblance to the US Tomahawk. However, selling the Granat missiles would have violated the 1993 Missile Technology Control Regime which prohibits the sale of missiles with a range of more than 300 km and a warhead heavier than 500 kg. So the range and payload were reduced before the Club missiles were put on Russia’s arms bazaar. India is the first buyer of this missile.

The Club technology will provide vital inputs for the Brahmastra, the drdo’s strategic cruise missile. The indigenous cruise missiles will arm the three Bangalore-class destroyers to be built at the Mazagaon Docks Ltd next year. Existing Delhi-class destroyers are also to be retrofitted with another Russian cruise missile, the Uranium. These 250-km missiles will extend the range of the existing Urans by 100 km.

In fact, the capability to attack both land and sea targets is to form an integral part of all weaponry of the Indian Navy in future. The three Talwar-class frigates under construction in Russia are also to be equipped with Club missiles.


Fastest Fella First
After Swar Utsav, CP hosted another non-mercantile event—the first ever National Karting Championship that challenged 14 winners from seven regional finals.

Looking Glass

Mumbai: Restaurant

Mumbai: Exhibition

Mumbai: Magazine

Delhi: Bar

Delhi: Store

    Web Exclusives

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