Edward Snowden: NSA Had Information Of India’s Secret Missile Programs In 2005
CuriousBytes: The recent documents published by Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower has revealed that US secret agency NSA had specific information on two top secret Indian missile programs. What do the documents reveal? and What are those two Indian secret missile programs? Check out the full article to know more!
According to the documents from the Edward Snowden’s aggregation, The US may have gained information regarding India’s secret nuclear-capable missile projects back in 2005.
The two missile projects were Sagarika and Dhanush which are capable of carrying nuclear warheads. These two missile projects complete India’s nuclear Triad giving the capability to launch a retaliatory nuclear strike if ever India comes under nuclear attack.
According to the document that was published The Intercept on September 14, An NSA site in Australia (named RAINFALL) had geolocated signals of a suspected Indian nuclear weapons storage facility, said the article. Later on, then another site based in Thailand and Unidentified Signal and Protocol Analysis Branch at NSA collaboratively isolated these signals to find that it was related to Indian nuclear weapons.
The further analysis of these inputs had eventually led to the discovery that India was working on Sagarika and Dhanush. The article also mentions about a pilotless target aircraft project and two unidentified bombs.
Sagarika is a Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) and Dhanush is a sea-launched Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM). Sagarika has a range of 700 km. It can carry a payload of 500 kg. It is a hybrid missile that can be launched underwater and can be fired from land. It was successfully test-fired in 2008, three years after which NSA has got its eye on it. While Dhanush has a range of 350 km and was test fired lately in 2016, 11 years after NSA acquired information about it.
These documents were provided by Snowden first, a US contractor who flee the US to Hong Kong in 2013, informing the world about NSA’s global surveillance program. The document was first uploaded on NSA’s core Signal Intelligence Directorate website, SIDtoday. And TheIntercept published them in its Snowden’s Trove.
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