Indian Undersea Missile Test has No Relevance to Arms Race

by OldSailor on February 29, 2008

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India successfully conducted undersea test firing of K-15 missile on February 26. Pakistan has reacted with a comment that it is a serious issue and could trigger an arms race in the region. Let us analyse more.

Here is a map that shows Indian and Pakistan coast lines.

india pakistan coastline

Pakistan has a coast line of 1,050 km, 250 km falling in Sind province and 800 km in Balochistan.

India has a coast line of total 7500 km. 5700 km on the mainland and 1800 km around Andaman & Nicobar islands and Lakshadweep islands.

India with a large coast line definitely needs all types of weapons to face the sea based threats.

Unpleasant Past

Being a soft state, India started losing its territory and faced cultural invasions.

Indian view

Here is the view of former President Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam on Indian Missiles and development:

In the 3,000-year history of India, barring 600 years, the country has been ruled by others. If you need development, the country should witness peace and peace is ensured by strength. Missiles were developed to strengthen the country.

Any country is free to develop its own weapons for self defense. Why Indian undersea missile test is brought out as a reason to trigger an arms race ?

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