New Delhi: Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy. The Chief of Naval Staff, a four-star Admiral, commands the navy is now ready to be more powerful. According to report, super power INS Aridhaman, the second Arihant-class nuclear powered submarine that is being built by the Navy at the Ship Building Centre at Visakhapatnam, is reportedly set for a soft launch next week.
INS Aridhaman is the second Arihant-class submarine. It is the second nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine being built by India. It is being built under the Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project to build nuclear submarines at the Ship Building Centre in Visakhapatnam. This submarine will have double the number of missile hatches than its predecessor INS Arihant giving it the ability to carry more missiles. This will have a more powerful reactor than its predecessor.
The boat will have one seven-blade propeller powered by a pressurised water reactor. She can achieve a maximum speed of 12–15 knots (22–28 km/h) when on surface and 24 knots (44 km/h) when submerged. The submarine has eight launch tubes in its hump. She can carry up to 24 K-15 Sagarika missiles (each with a range of 750 km or 470 mi), or eight of the under-development K-4 missiles (with a range of 3,500 km or 2,200 mi).
The submarine was initially scheduled for a grand launch at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but sources said a change of decision has happened with authorities at the highest level now deciding to launch the vessel in a quiet manner at the hands of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Sources said INS Aridhaman would be bigger than Arihant and would be more lethal in all aspects. “It would have double the number of missile hatches than its predecessor. It can carry more missiles and also will have a more powerful reactor,” Navy sources said. The launch of the Aridhaman will bolster the Navy’s nuclear capabilities along with the existing INS Arihant, and will take the country’s military a big step closer to its professed goal of a credible nuclear triad.