Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security(ISIS) suggests that India appeared to have followed through on its publicly announced intention to build the Special Material Enrichment Facility (SMEF) and started constructing a large enrichment centrifuge complex near Chitradurga, Karnataka, where, between 2009 and 2010, approximately 10,000 acres of land were allegedly diverted for various defence purposes.
Evidence supporting these conjectures was compiled from commercial satellite photographs attributed to Airbus.
The speed of the development work underway is very fast.
Also, on June 20, 2014 IHS Jane’s revealed that India was possibly extending Mysore’s Indian Rare Metals Plant into clandestine production of UF_6 that can be used for hydrogen bombs.
Sites: Ullarthi Kaval, Khudapura, Varavu Kaval
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAV)
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles(UCAV)
In this regard the ISIS however cautioned, “It is unwise to build a nuclear enrichment facility almost adjacent to a UAV and UCAV test centre. A statement from BARC could resolve this question and would be welcome.”
At the heart of India’s apparently strong enrichment thrust is an urgent need for Highly Enriched Uranium for the indigenously developed INS Arihant nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine and probably for nuclear and thermonuclear weapons.