By Kunal Bahl, Business Standard(India) The Indian government has taken a huge step towards the nation’s nuclear program with the launch of the world’s first computerised checkerboards system for nuclear tests and testing operations.
The new system is a collaboration between the government and the US, which have agreed to provide the US with a fleet of high-end computers and other related hardware.
The government, however, has yet to provide details of the systems hardware and software, although the Indian website reports the software will be ready in the first half of 2019.
The software will work in tandem with the Indian Government’s Nuclear Testing Information Centre (NTIC), which is responsible for ensuring all the testing equipment and testing procedures are up to the government’s standards.
“The government has also agreed to take the necessary steps for implementation of the test facilities.
The NTIC has been tasked with providing all necessary infrastructure and services, including computer equipment, software and testing software, to the Indian government,” NTIC spokesperson Deepak Shrivastava told Business Standard in an email.
NTIC is the official name for the Indian Nuclear Testing Organisation.
The organisation will be responsible for overseeing all nuclear tests conducted by the country’s nuclear testing teams, including the Indian tests at the Ganga river.
The tests are conducted under the supervision of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC), which was set up in 2005 under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Indian nuclear tests are carried out in accordance with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) specifications.
The IAEA certification standards for nuclear test equipment and protocols for tests are endorsed by the Indian ministry of defence.
The Indian Government has also decided to provide support to NTIC to provide high-level IT support to the organisation,” NTIP spokesperson Kunal Bharti told Business to read more.
The technology is designed to be used by both the IAEAS and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to provide testing and verification of nuclear weapons, and is aimed at improving the accuracy of nuclear testing.
The systems software will also help verify the safety of nuclear tests by measuring radioactive isotopes released by the tests, the Indian Ministry of Defence said.
The latest test site is located at Thiruvananthapuram, the countrys second largest city, about 80 kilometres north of New Delhi.
According to the IAF, Thiruvannamalai has a population of about 11.5 million people and has been used for more than 500 nuclear tests since it was set on fire in 1962.
The countrys first nuclear test took place in 1968, when it was at Thumba near here.
India is expected to be able to get ready for more nuclear tests in the next six months, said Anurag Srivastav, an expert on Indian technology and defence at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
He added that the Indian nuclear tests have been conducted successfully, although it may take several years for the country to become a permanent member of the ICT.
The first two Indian tests were carried out under the guidance of the US Nuclear Test Equipment Organisation (NTEO) in collaboration with the US Army.
This is the first time a country has taken such a step.
“Nuclear weapons are very sensitive materials and testing facilities are very difficult to secure,” said Srivartav.
The US is India’s largest defence supplier, and has invested $US3.2 billion in India to date.
India’s programme for nuclear weapons is likely to be the most sensitive one of the current nuclear standoff.
Last year, the US and India agreed to exchange the Indian sub-systems for a new nuclear test facility in New Delhi, the first such exchange since 1998.
India has been seeking to upgrade its nuclear tests to allow for longer-range tests at higher altitudes.
The nuclear tests will continue until 2020, and the country is expected then to test a nuclear weapon.
In April, the government signed a contract with a US company for a nuclear test at the Punggol Test Range.
However, the deal will be conditional on a US nuclear test readiness assessment and verification report by December.
The United States has expressed concerns over India’s willingness to improve its nuclear testing readiness.
The Government of India has not released any details of a report or a technical proposal regarding its nuclear readiness assessment or verification report.
“India is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), nor has it ratified it.
The Nuclear Test Facility Agreement between India and the United States of America is an integral part of the Agreement and is enforceable by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC),” the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“Under the Nuclear Test Facilities Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government for India, India has agreed to undertake an assessment and report on its nuclear capabilities and ensure its readiness to host nuclear tests,” the statement added.