IAEA Reaction On Brahmos Missile Misfire: The International Nuclear Monitoring Organization (IAEA) has given its response to the incident of accidental firing of Brahmos missile on 9 March. The IAEA has said that it does not see the recent misfire of the BrahMos missile as any cause of particular concern. Also, this incident in no way raises questions on the safety of nuclear weapons or materials in India.
International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi said the incident was not viewed as a risk and that there was no consultation with the Indian government on the issue.
Missile fell in Pakistan
A BrahMos cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads was fired on 9 March. That missile had fallen into Pakistan after being fired. After this incident, the Defense Ministry had then said that this happened due to a technical fault during the regular maintenance of the missile. The government took this incident seriously. In August this year, three Indian Air Force officers were dismissed after a court of inquiry held them responsible for the accident.
Bright future of nuclear energy in India
Rafael Mariano Grossi said that we are constantly looking at all the situations around the world but this (Brahmos incident) was never an issue of any particular concern for us. He said that he sees a bright future for nuclear energy in India. See India as a platform for the deployment of new technologies, for new nuclear. India is one of the few countries which is continuously working in many other technologies including breeder, fast reactors, sodium reactors, which many countries are not doing. While it is true that the nuclear industry in India is not growing at the pace that many had expected, this boom could come at any time.
10 nuclear plants being built in India
India’s 22 operational nuclear power plants have an installed capacity of 6,780 MW, which is less than two percent of the total installed power capacity of 407 GW. India is in the process of building another ten nuclear power plants, which are expected to be online in the next five to ten years. New nuclear power plants in India usually take eight to 15 years to start operating, but Grossi said this can easily be accelerated.