Arihant successfully test fires dummy missile

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  1. Prashant12

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    New Delhi. India’s first nuclear powered nuclear attack submarine, Arihant, has successfully test fired a dummy missile.




    According to reliable sources, the vital first test in ejecting a missile from its onboard silos was conducted November 25. Proverbially, adding a feather to the cap of the Indian Navy and scientists from DRDO and BARC, the firing was done remotely from a far away location by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC), India’s nuclear command authority which is tasked with creating nuclear deterrence.

    To mention more achievements, the indigenous submarine has also successfully completed the critical diving tests, and significantly, met nearly all its design and designated parameters just about 100 per cent, including the maximum possible power option tests.

    It is actually good news all over, but the last one final step before the submarine is inducted as INS Arihant formally in the Indian Navy will be the firing of proper missiles albeit with unarmed warheads. Details are unavailable but this should happen soon enough as there are indications of the submarine taking part in the International Fleet Review (IFR) being held by the Navy in February.

    The boat should be operational by then, sources told India Strategic.

    The missile fired was a dummy version of DRDO’s B 5, which approximately has a range of 1000 km. Later, missiles with a reach of 3500 to 4000 km, are likely to be inducted onboard.

    India plans to build some half a dozen Arihant class, in line with the country’s nuclear doctrine which calls for No First Use but Massive Retaliation if attacked.

    Arihant is built with Russian designs, but this will be the country’s first nuclear powered nuclear attack submarine, classified in international naval lingo as SSBN.

    India has one more nuclear powered submarine, INS Chakra, leased from Russia, but that cannot fire nuclear missiles. The classification for such boats is SSN.

    Like any submarine, both INS Arihant and INS Chakra are pearl shaped to accommodate the vertically launched missiles, and designed to move faster underwater than on the surface. They can stay deep in the darkness of the oceans for months, the only restrictions being the limits on human tolerance and availability of nuclear fuel.

    It may be recalled that the project for nuclear submarines was sanctioned soon after the 1974 nuclear test by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi but it suffered when Morarji Desai and VP Singh took over as Prime Ministers in the coming years. In 1983, Mrs Gandhi pushed the project once again with required funds, but it was in 1998, when India conducted the second round of nuclear tests, that Prime Minister AB Vajpayee sanctioned the project afresh, and a decision was also taken to involve the private sector. Larsen & Toubro, India’s premier engineering construction company, was involved right from then onwards.

    L&T, as it is known, has done commendable work in gradually and systematically building a horizontal supply-chain base and meeting the DRDO and naval specifications. DRDO, or Defence Research and Development Organisation, has been in-charge of the India’s missile systems programmes throughout, which it has delivered with distinction. Nuclear propulsion systems have been installed and managed by experts from BARC, or Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.

    Indications of Arihant’s journey have been coming out for some time, and recently, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Robin Dhowan mentioned the possibility of its inclusion in the IFR in rather positive terms although he did not understandably commit.

    The tests are done one by one, and for a nuclear boat, every single check is critical. Deployment has to be thoughtfully and carefully, even if it takes time as safety and success are both paramount.

    Notably, in IFR, only operational ships and submarines can and will take part.

    The India Strategic extends Best Wishes to the Indian Navy, DRDO and BARC scientists.

    http://www.indiastrategic.in/topstories4340_Arihant_successfully_test_fires_dummy_missile.htm
     
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  3. WolfPack86

    WolfPack86 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Good development for Indian navy
     
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    Screambowl Senior Member Senior Member

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    Now this is a NEWS!!!!
    Congratulations.. the systems worked!!:india2:

    Still, complete clear pics of Arihant is not out yet. I appreciate the secrecy!!
     
  5. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    Great news congrats to all looking forward to complete successful test next month.
     
  6. warrior monk

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    Excellent news , B -05 ( K-15) uses Soft launch system in which the missile rocket motor is ignited after it exits the canister with a more precisely controlled manner , it has advantage against traditional VLS (Vertical launch system) by requiring amuch lower launch loads and requires less energy to complete the launch and turnover sequence , better efflux management requirements hence better modularity and evolution potential , less unwanted launch debris.

    They were probably testing the -

    · piston driven ejector mechanism system by means of gas.


    · Precision control of the launch event


    · Ejection velocity


    · Missile electronics and various actuators


    · thruster providing lateral control in pitch , roll and yaw.


    · efflux management system


    · Missile range and CEP with a dummy warhead


    · And most important the mathematical modelling of the synthetic envoirment of the missile subsystems as it ejects from canister and when it ejects the water surface and virtual static and dynamic hardware-in-the-loop system.


    Only 5 countries have achieved these parameters in a submarine . So kudos to India for joining the elite club
     
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    Bahamut Senior Member Senior Member

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    Nice let hope test are success
     
  8. Bornubus

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    Balls .......................................
     
  9. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    Balls means thermo nuke and MIRV on A6.
     

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