Indian Nuclear Submarine Ready, Awaiting Sea Trials

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 12, 2013, 8:02 a.m.

On Sat­urday, the re­act­or on the first nuc­le­ar sub­mar­ine to be de­signed and man­u­fac­tured en­tirely in In­dia was switched on, BBC News re­por­ted.

The sub­mar­ine, known as the INS Arihant, is the first sub­mar­ine cap­able of  launch­ing bal­list­ic mis­siles to be de­veloped out­side of the five re­cog­nized nuc­le­ar weapons states — the United States, Rus­sia, China, France and Great Bri­tain. In the next step of test­ing, the sub­mar­ine will be­gin sea tri­als, the BBC re­por­ted.

In­dia in April 2012 ac­tiv­ated the nuc­le­ar re­act­or on a Rus­si­an-built sub­mar­ine be­ing leased over a 10-year peri­od, to help pre­pare crews to op­er­ate the do­mest­ic­ally built ves­sel.

If the sea tri­als go well, ac­cord­ing to a BBC re­port­er, the sub­mar­ine could be ready for de­ploy­ment as early as two years from now. However, last Decem­ber, the In­di­an navy voiced a de­sire to have the sub­mar­ine op­er­a­tion­al by the end of this year.

The sub­mers­ible is ex­pec­ted to provide the South Asi­an na­tion with three bal­list­ic-mis­sile launch­ing op­tions: land, air and now sea.

Mean­while, on Monday, the In­di­an-de­veloped Prithvi-II mis­sile — which has an over­all range of 220 miles and is nuc­le­ar-cap­able — un­der­went a suc­cess­ful test-launch, ac­cord­ing to the Press Trust of In­dia.

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