December 1998 India
Special Weapons News
- INDIA / FOREIGN Voice of America 24 December 1998 -- INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS HIS GOVERNMENT IS ATTEMPTING TO BUILD A NATIONAL CONSENSUS ON THE ISSUE OF SIGNING THE COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY.
- State Department Briefing -- 16 December 1998 -- QUESTION: What's your reaction to Prime Minister's Vajpayee's speech yesterday on the nuclear question? MR. RUBIN: On that subject, let me say that we have read it with interest. We welcome his reaffirmation of a commitment to a September '99 entry into force of the CTBT.
- PM's STATEMENT IN PARLIAMENT ON "BILATERAL TALKS WITH UNITED STATES 15 December 1998 -- India's commitment to global nuclear disarmament remains undiluted. Regrettably, the international community, particularly countries that have based their security on nuclear weapons or a nuclear umbrella, have been reluctant to embrace this objective. Keeping open our nuclear option, therefore, became a national security imperative three decades ago.
- INDIA NUCLEAR Voice of America 15 December 1998 -- INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE SAYS HIS COUNTRY WILL MAINTAIN A NUCLEAR DETERRENT, BUT ALSO REMAINS COMMITTED TO BRINGING INTO FORCE AN INTERNATIONAL BAN ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS TESTING.
- War games R. Prasannan The Week December 13, 1998 -- Exercise Shiv Shakti is the biggest exercise since Brasstacks of the late 1980s. Newer technologies, developed and purchased, have since revolutionised battlefield concepts, tactics and even strategies. Pictures sent by the IRS-1C at pan 91-53B, taken from a height of 850 km, showed virtually every sand dune and tank-navigable paths across the desert. "They also show us whether and where the enemy is moving," said a colonel at the corps headquarters of the Blue Land forces near the Uttarlai air base. According to the colonel, the IRS-1C is one of India's biggest technological assets. "We can get the satellite images about enemy movements wherever we are and whenever we ask for them," he said. "If the corps commander in an area would like pictures of the large theatre, we can even provide pictures of the smaller tactical area right down the line to the battalion commander, or even further down to every tank commander. And the good news is that Pakistan, with no remote-sensing capability, would have to depend on satellite pictures supplied by the Americans." Supplementing the civilian satellite are the DRDO-developed remotely-piloted vehicles.
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