India’s Nuclear Deterrent

KSanthanam, an influential Director in the DRDO during the 1998 nuclear testsite preparations raised a storm during the month indicating that the yield of India’sthermonuclear explosion or hydrogen bomb was actually much below expectationsand the tests were a fizzle, implying it failed to meet the desired yield.  Indiaconducted five nuclear tests at the Pokhran test range. Three of them wereconducted on May 11 and two on May 13,1998 to include a 15 kiloton fission device, a 45 kilotonthermonuclear device (hydrogen bomb) and three sub-kiloton devices. The testwas said to have yielded 45 kilotons (KT) but western experts said it was notmore than 20 KT and Dr Santhanam popularly known as Santy seemed to supportthis view.          ...
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