For the past decade, the Indian government has shifted its focus on the technology. Earlier, the nation with a huge army was considered as powerful, but the trend has gradually changed and technology is playing a much bigger role than the army. With technology advancing drastically, the Indian government has been focusing to reduce the army strength and focus more on technology. As a part of its development in technology, the Indian government has come up the submarine INS Arihant which completed the deterrence patrol successfully.
Though INS Arihant came was made in August 2016, it wasn’t officially launched.
Here are 10 things you need to know about the nuclear submarine INS Arihant:
Weighing around 6,000 tonnes, Arihant is a ship submersible ballistic, nuclear submarine that can carry ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.
The design of the submarine is based on Russian Akula-1 class submarines and has four vertical launch tubes, which can carry 12 K-15 missiles or four larger K-4 missiles.
Arihant was formally commissioned by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba.
With its commission, India has completed its nuclear triad- the capability of firing nuclear weapons from land, air, and sea.
Arihant will be armed with the K-15 missiles and will be able to carry nuclear warheads to a range of 750 kilometers.
Russia has helped scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in making the reactor fit into the 10-meter-wide hull of the submarines.
On July 26, 2009, on Vijay Diwas, the anniversary day of Kargil War victory, Arihant was launched into the water at the ship-building center in Visakhapatnam.
The sea trials started in December 2014 and the submarine was deemed fit for operations in February 2016.
Arihant is a part of Indian Navy’s secretive Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project.
India will enter the club of countries like Russia, China, France that possess nuclear-powered submarines.
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