Although the intensity of India’s conflict with China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is now somewhat stable, Delhi is preparing step-by-step to deal with the situation. According to a report by the Calcutta-based Anandbazar newspaper, there are indications that the deployment of nuclear-capacity ballistic missiles near the border could increase pressure on Beijing.
This month, testing of the Shaurya missile has been successful. According to Hindustan Times, the Anandbazar newspaper reported that the Indian Army and the National Security Council would ultimately decide where to deploy it.
This missile named ‘Shaurya’ is capable of hitting from ground to ground. Its range is 800 km. The missile is supersonic, ie faster than sound. According to the newspaper, India has already deployed a limited number of Nirbhaya missiles with LAC. Its range is up to 600 km. However, the missile is smaller than subsonic speed. Therefore, the deployment of supersonic missiles was also approved this time.
According to experts, the move to New Delhi undoubtedly increased the pressure on Beijing slightly. It also gave a message that India is not ready to back down. New Delhi has conducted four missile tests between September and this month amid tension with Beijing at the border. Success has been found in each of them.
The Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle was tested on 6 September. The unmanned vehicle is capable of carrying long-range and fast missiles by sound. The BrahMos missile, which is faster than sound, was tested on 30 September. After that, on 3 October, the ‘Shaurya’ missile was tested. Finally, on 5 October, India successfully conducted a supersonic missile-assisted release of a torpedo (SMART) capable of destroying submarines.