Karan M wrote:Dhanush was INs claim to being part of the SFC and a TD/training platform for them to get used to Sea launched ballistic missiles. Plus allowed DRDO to build competence likewise.
is that all? so then are there plans to put longer range ballistic missiles on ship? are there any in the world? Arihant will be the one carrying the ballistic missile and there the command control will be much different so what benefit for SFC to fire a nuke ballistic missile from ship? what competence is DRDO building and for what?
when you want a seat at the table in india, you have to do jugaad. the inter services rivalry plus limited funds mean that strategic program funding is useful so a hard sought after position. for instance, if funding is provided for improved comms, that will impact the overall service capability as well. all three services were jockeying for position to see who would be the dominant power in the strategic side. dhanush was IN's way of saying they too were in the game and would be in it for the long run and were not going to wait for arihant to arrive. otherwise it was all IAF (air launched) and IA (BM staffing). as regards the rest, DRDO used the dhanush to both learn navalization of BM tech (which includes component ruggedization), plus stabilization required, plus loop the navy into its missile development program (trishul was not exactly a success). so both sides learned a fair bit from dhanush, which was basically a TD but IN quickly handed over its OPVs to be made dhanush capable, which expanded the program plus showed IN was serious.
today, its different. all 3 services have their clearly marked platforms, some owned outright by SFC, some co-owned (eg IAF platforms) and advances in Indian economy have meant that the entire SFC structure has been funded and operationalized (going by shyam sharans public statements) and each service has further systems in development.
dhanush has served its purpose and will probably be deactivated or moved to a fully conventional role. there would be an inventory of dhanush's with adequate residual life, and the OPV/s are modified so why waste them. might be useful for Operation Trident redux.