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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