New Delhi: The Indian Navy had reportedly to have secretly commissioned into service India’s first nuclear submarine INS Arihant in August 2016. In 2013, the miniaturised nuclear reactor of Arihant, became critical, causing delays.
The project was part of the advanced technology vessel program and operated under the supervision of the Prime Minister’s Office and involved agencies such as the DRDO, the Department of Atomic Energy, the Submarine Design Group of the Directorate of Naval Design, besides private companies such as L&T.
The defence ministry and the navy did not confirm or deny reports then that the submarine was inducted in August 2016 to complete the nuclear weapons triad that gives India capability to launch nukes from land, air and sea. Former navy chief admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) said the secrecy around the induction of the vessel was “customary” for a nuclear submarine.
Arihant is an achievement technology wise, but otherwise it is a top secret program.
INS Arihant is India’s first indigenous nuclear submarine, and the lead ship of the Arihant-class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, which was launched in 2009.
The second underwater nuclear submarine INS Aridhaman of the same Arihant-class is said to be ready for grand launch next month by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The first submarine was launched by then PM Manmohan Singh in September 2009.
INS Aridaman is likely to be bigger then its previous avatar and more lethal in all parameters, said the sources. The launch of the second nuclear submarine comes in the ongoing military standoff with China.