India's first home-built nuclear submarine was set for sea trials, military officials said yesterday, on Aug 07, 2012. The indigenous 6,000 tonne INS Arihant was unveiled in 2009 as part of a project to construct five such SSBNs of Arihant Class, which would be armed with nuclear-tipped missiles and torpedoes.
As stated by a defence source, Arihant is quite on-course, steadily progressing towards operationalisation with the in-service date expected to be somewhere at the end of year 2012.
INS Arihant in the dock ( Image Courtesy - Bharat Rakshak Defence Forum )
Arihant is powered by an 85-megawatt nuclear reactor and can reach 44 kilometres an hour, according to defence officials. It will carry a 95-member crew.
The Indian navy inducted a Russian-leased nuclear attack submarine, SSN into service in April this year, joining China, France, the United States, Britain and Russia in the club of countries with nuclear-powered vessels.
News Courtesy - Deccan Chronicle
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