Shankaraa wrote: sudeepj wrote:
For folks getting worried about the 750km range of Shourya.. Beijing and Shanghai are ~ 100 kms away from their coasts. So are the most of their 10 largest cities.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:China ... Cities.png
with the exception of Wuhan and ChongQing, which are presumably within reach of Agni III or V, firing from Agra or even Rajasthan (in the case of Agni V).
Our boomer is China specific, it will do the job at a bargain basement price. Its an India specific solution, for our own needs, no need for Typhoon class mosters..
Located in the Yangtze River Delta in eastern China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast.
How can it be 100 kms from coast?
Shanghai is a coastal city.
As Singha mentioned, the core is a little bit farther from the coast, though as you point out, the city is very much a coastal city. Not only Shanghai, but 17 out of the biggest 20 Chinese cities by GDP and by population are coastal cities. Against these cities, the Shourya is an extremely potent missile. Can the Dragon sanitize the ocean 600kms from his coastline? With what? 20 odd modern frigates? and non existent LRMP craft?
Further, the unique trajectory of Shourya means its immune to BMD. Most BMDs rely on reducing the 'closing speed' of the two projectiles by lobbing up the interceptor, and then bringing it down in a parabolic trajectory, with a velocity thats in the same direction as the target. This reduces the relative velocity of the target and the interceptor considerably and allows a HTK or a directional warhead. The unique trajectory of Shourya means that BMD wont work against it, and a different, (currently non existent) solution will be needed to intercept it.
Arihant class can serve to deter the dragon for at least 10-15 years to come, after which the missiles they carry can be upgraded to the K4 class and they can still serve in a smaller deterrent role.