India is on alert after threat from Pak's ' tweaked' missiles.INDIA HAS taken serious note of the report that accused Pakistan of illegally altering US- supplied Harpoon harpoon (härpn`), weapon used for spearing whales and large fish. The early type was a flat triangular piece of metal with barbed edges and a socket for attaching a wooden handle, to the anti- ship missiles for land attack roles against New Delhi New Delhi (dĕl`ē), city (1991 pop. 294,149), capital of India and of Delhi state, N central India, on the right bank of the Yamuna River. . New Delhi said it would take " steps as are necessary" to safeguard its national security.
Leading American daily The New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Times on Sunday quoted a senior US official and accused Pakistan of illegally modifying USsupplied Harpoon anti- ship missiles during the mid- 1980s.
" We have seen the report and are studying its contents. The Indian government closely monitors all matters pertaining per·tain
intr.v. per·tained, per·tain·ing, per·tains
1. To have reference; relate: evidence that pertains to the accident.
2. to national security and we will take steps as are necessary," a top government source said on Monday. But he did not elaborate the details of the steps New Delhi is contemplating.
The country's defence forces, too, sounded confident. The new Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma Nirmal Verma (Devanāgarī: निर्मल वर्मा) (3rd April 1929, Shimla - 25 October 2005) is a Hindi writer and novelist. Nirmal Verma did M.A. , reposed re·pose 1
1. The act of resting or the state of being at rest.
2. Freedom from worry; peace of mind.
3. Calmness; tranquillity.
v. faith in India's ability to counter threats when posed in the form of Harpoon missiles modified by Pakistan.
" We should have confidence in our armed forces. They are equipped, trained and have tactics to counter any threatC*. threats will be there. We have to take care of them and counter them," he said while addressing the media soon after the takingover ceremony.
Admiral Verma said the Navy's job was to not allow Pakistan's forces to come close enough to the country so that they could launch such missiles. " Our endeavour during maritime operations is to ensure nobody comes within a ( striking) distance and launches such missiles." The modification has reportedly turned the missile into an offensive system that could be dangerous for coastal targets along India's west coast. Among the obvious targets could be the Kandla port and the massive Jamnagar refinery The Jamnagar Refinery is a private sector crude oil refinery owned by Reliance Industries Limited in Jamnagar, India. The refinery was commissioned on 14 July 1999 with an installed capacity of 661,000 barrels per day. .
Earlier, while handing over charge, the outgoing Navy chief, Admiral Sureesh Mehta stated this was a problem of proliferation and had been pointed out to the US. " This shows the danger of proliferation and we have been informing the US about it from time to time." " This has nothing to do with Pakistan's self- defence and is against Indian interest," Admiral Mehta added. He, however, claimed that Harpoon could not be altered too much and Pakistan would need some time to modify the missile to strike at land targets.
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