Some of the reports by the press are quite juvenile and often hilarious.One would give more credence if the report was from "official sources".However,being a new nuclear boat,it is quite possible that even after sea trials before delivery,glitches take place.If you study the recent history of nuclear boats in western navies,particularly that of the USN and RN,some of their latest and most touted boats have experienced major problems.We aren't even mentioning the problems of the subs of OZ here!
The delivery of the second batch-2 of the Talwar class is a welcome development.These frigates,based upon the decades old Cold War Krivak DDG hull,have proved their worth.Delivered in pretty quick time,these Brahmos armed frigates will now join the Rajputs (mod-Kashins) in carrying our most lethal anti-ship missile.VAYU reporting from Izvestia,says that B'mos is now equipped with a new sat guidance system,
"borrowed from the cruise missile X-555 and its latest version X-101",which use the GLONASS system to increase its range and precision.
"The integration of B'mos and X-555 systems has produced a 'super missile' with sub-strategic capability beyond its tactical range.Fired from land,sea or air,it can hit targets at ranges from '300-500km' and is also capable of carrying a nuclear warhead,continued the Russian official.This is very good news indeed,as the improved B'mos,will be able to carry part of our strategic deterrent if need be.Especially useful if our conventional AIP subs of the future are equipped with B'mos,adding to our nuclear SSBN boats,giving us a very useful number of cost-effective solutions to dealing with the Paki threat in particular.
The air-launched version which will be carried by our SU-30MKIs will also be able to carry a tactical nuclear armed B'mos with a stand-off range of 500+km.
PS:Read this report on the RN's latest Astute class SSN.http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scott ... bn-1507929
Admiral admits teething problems with £1.5bn nuclear submarine
28 Dec 2012 00:01
THE HMS Astute has been dogged by several design and construction faults, and was grounded off Skye in 2010.
The HMS Astute The HMS Astute
AN admiral yesterday admitted the launch of a £1.5billion nuclear submarine had been a shambles.
Defence chiefs heralded HMS Astute as the most advanced sub in the world when she arrived at Faslane in 2009. But the first of seven planned hunter-killer vessels was dogged by a series of design and construction faults.
And there was more embarrassment when she grounded off Skye in 2010.
The incident led to the commander being removed. The MoD had also said the Astute would be able to make 29 knots but the Record revealed how one naval whistleblower described the boat as having a “V8 engine with a Morris Minor gearbox”.
Yesterday, the head of the Navy’s £10billion sub programme, Simon Lister, admitted Astute had had a “difficult birth” and lessons had been learned in the building of the latest vessel, Ambush.
He added: “I wish I could buy a submarine as if it was a Mercedes-Benz coming off the production line after 10 years of development. It isn’t that.”
But the Navy insist the Astute is on schedule to make her debut in 2013.
Admiral Lister said: “Every aspect of that submarine has been tested to the limit. We have learned lessons and every engineering development that we put into Astute has gone into or is going into Ambush.”