Nu­clear Safety

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

Hav­ing es­tab­lished a pre­lim­i­nary, sea- based arm of its nu­clear de­ter­rent, Pak­istan Navy has un­veiled a Very Low Fre­quency ( VLF) com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­ity. The VLF fa­cil­ity has been de­signed for com­mand and con­trol of de­ployed sub­marines, car­ry­ing a nu­clear de­ter­rent pa­trol. VLF sig­nals can pen­e­trate some 20 me­tres be­low the sea sur­face. The mil­i­tary com­mu­ni­ca­tion link in the VLF spec­trum will ex­tend the over­all reach and flex­i­bil­ity of sub­ma­rine op­er­a­tions. Mul­ti­ply­ing its sec­ond- strike ca­pa­bil­ity through its Min­i­mum Cred­i­ble De­ter­rence ( MCD), Pak­istan will soon de­ploy a nu­clear- armed, sub­ma­rine- launched vari­ant of Babur, sim­i­lar to the United States' BGM-109 Tom­a­hawk.

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