Is it indeed a hoax? Is it a sheer waste of taxpayer’s money? Or is it an R & D venture that’s lacking direction and guidance from the apex-level decision-makers of India? The answers to all these questions can only be revealed AFTER one finds answers to the following questions:
1) What were the contents of the political directive given by the MoD to the DRDO in 1996 with regard to the aims and objectives of developing a BMD system?
2) How was the MoD to ensure that development of a BMD system by the DRDO did in no way diminish the deterrence value of India’s nuclear weapons arsenal and her retaliatory second-strike WMD doctrine?
3) On what terms and conditions did France, Israel and Russia agree in mid-1998 to provide key technological inputs by way of supplying off-the-shelf hardware and sub-systems required for the DRDO’s BMD-related R & D programmes?
4) What then was the resultant BMD launch control centre’s (LCC) architecture, inclusive of its launch control section, simulation section and shadow mission control centre (MCC) section, finalised?
5) What are the LCC’s six core missions?
6) What are the LCC Task Controller’s 19 major functions?
7) How was the mission control centre’s (MCC) architecture defined?
8) What is the demonstrated kill-probability for the launch of four simultaneous (2 x PAD exo- and 2 x AAD endo-) interceptor missiles?
9) What is the projected kill-probability for the launch of four simultaneous (2 x PDV exo- and 2 x AD-1 or AD-2 endo-) interceptor missiles?
10) What is the projected engagement capability of a standalone terrestrial BMD system (without early warning from a constellation of four projected geostationary orbit-based missile monitoring satellites) in terms of simultaneously engaging multiple (how many) targets?
Do I know the answers (corroborated by evidence beyond doubt) to the above-listed 10 questions? You bet. Will they be revealed here? No, for the time is not yet ripe.