India Launches First Indigenous Nuke Sub, Arihant

26.07.09

Categorie: David Axe, Naval |

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by DAVID AXE

On Sunday the Indian navy launched its first home-built nuclear-powered submarine, the ballistic-missile boat Arihant. The 6,000-ton boat, designed with Russian assistance, now enters a trial period that will last at least two years. Another boomer will begin construction, soon.

Previously, only the U.S., Russia, China, France and the U.K. possessed nuke boats.

Arihant is a product of the Advanced Technology Vessel program. The name is telling. Arihant is intended to spur the development of India’s shipyards. India is also building new surface warships and new aircraft carriers. Indian engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro helped oversee Arihant‘s construction, using cutting-edge 3D modeling. “We look forward to building more submarines and warships,” managing director A.M. Naik said.

The Indian navy has plans to grow from today’s 140 warships, to as many as 170. The U.S., by comparison, operates around 500 large naval vessels, counting sealift and support ships. The U.K. operates 110. The majority of China’s 1,200 vessels are small coastal craft.

For practical use, the Indians will lease at least two Russian Akula-class submarines, starting with INS Chakra, pictured, this year. These attack boats do not require the long trial period that Arihant does.

(Photo: via Sawf News)

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3 Responses to “India Launches First Indigenous Nuke Sub, Arihant

  1. fooman says:

    boomer is usually used as a reference to a ballistic missile subs (like Ohio, Typhoon, or the Delta III), to differentiate them from the attack subs. From the look of the pic and the fact that the Indians do not have access to a submarine launched ballistic missile this is not in fact a boomer but an attack sub.
    Foo

  2. Steve says:

    The Arihant is in fact a boomer. It carries the Sagarika SLBM, which has a range of around 500 miles. These missiles are much smaller (and shorter range) than the Trident missiles US and UK subs carry, so the boat can be much smaller.

  3. akash says:

    The pic is not of the Arihant. No pic of the Arihant has been released, nor were the media allowed to take pics at the ceremony.

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