INS Arihant, India's N-powered submarine, to be operational soon

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Mods Please, later on add this to ATV thread, but for few days let it run as new thread.


New Delhi: In a big step towards securing India's nuclear deterrence capabilities, the reactor on board the indigenously built nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant is set to become operational within three weeks. The submarine, which is over 100 metres long, has been undergoing trials in Visakhapatnam for the last three years .

Dr VK Saraswat, the chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation or DRDO, shared these exclusive details with NDTV. He said that once the Indian-made enriched uranium nuclear reactor - which has been in development for two decades - becomes operational, INS Arihant will be ready for sea-trials and will subsequently be commissioned.

The induction of INS Arihant into the Indian Navy's fleet will complete the crucial link in India's nuclear triad - the ability to fire nuclear weapons from land, air and sea. So far, the US, Russia, France, China, and the UK have the capability to launch a submarine-based ballistic missile.

Though this comes as good news for India's defence capabilities, there is some concern over the overall strength of India's submarine fleet. India has 14 conventional submarines that run on either battery or diesel and are aging and outdated. Each of them will have completed the standard life-span of 25 years by 2017.
INS Arihant, India's N-powered submarine, to be operational soon | NDTV.com


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Good news....We'll in new Elite club soooon....:cheer2:
 

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Hmmm so if the reactor is becoming operational only now means that the sea acceptance trail has not even begun. So this is delayed from early 2013 again X(
 

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Hmmm so if the reactor is becoming operational only now means that the sea acceptance trail has not even begun. So this is delayed from early 2013 again X(
Let the confusion continue on ATV we want our enemy to be keep on guessing and putting tents while we emerge on south China sea and put nano satellite though SLBM.
 

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Very good news!! we need more such submarines...

How about nuclear powered attack submarines of our own ??
 

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Let the confusion continue on ATV we want our enemy to be keep on guessing and putting tents while we emerge on south China sea and put nano satellite though SLBM.
Boss I dont think there is any ambiguity here .Indian ATV progress has been very well followed by the international media.
Anyways
Did you notice that the news Item of the China incursion in not even in the top news these days. We have moved on to other top national matters like coalgate and champoins trophy..WTF.
We might get or develop the capability to fire a missile to the moon from 2000ft undersea also...but that still matters nothing if we dont have strong leaders capable of taking decisions.
 

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@vram at present we are not prepared to take on Chinese, only if war is thrust on us we will take measures. It is like you are asked to appear in exam without preparation. Preparation and timing is always better. This is not the right time, any time after five years will be good time.
 
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Very good news!! we need more such submarines...

How about nuclear powered attack submarines of our own ??
Arihant class may play both the role for time being. Once we make bigger reactor we shall have dedicated nuclear attack sub of our own.
 

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Arihant class may play both the role for time being. Once we make bigger reactor we shall have dedicated nuclear attack sub of our own.
We should start design / build hunter killer type submarines of around ~ 3000 Tons with sole purpose of submarine vs submarine scenarios...
 

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He said that once the Indian-made enriched uranium nuclear reactor - which has been in development for two decades - becomes operational, INS Arihant will be ready for sea-trials and will subsequently be commissioned.
Actually, on second thought... what the hell? We already had reports in Feb that HATS completed, SATS started!!! What does he mean by SATS will start soon?

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India to achieve N-arm triad in February - Times Of India

Second nuclear submarine headed for year-end launch - The Hindu

Sea trials for nuke submarine INS Arihant set to begin soon : North, News - India Today

Mods Please, later on add this to ATV thread, but for few days let it run as new thread.

INS Arihant, India's N-powered submarine, to be operational soon | NDTV.com
 

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good news....
will have 2 operational n-subs now.

and in near future 3 more, 2 Arihant class are in manufacture and another Akula class to be leased.
 

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India's nuclear deterrence capacity is in place, the country can sleep well: Defence research chief
NDTV: OK. Now, you also need a certain platform for your nuclear reactor. So what is happening on the Arihant project? How soon can we see criticality and commissioning?

VK Saraswat: Arihant development is at an advanced stage. Last year, we saw the culmination of the development trials of BO5, which was launched from the pontoon (landing stage) and it completed all its objectives. It is under production today. As far as the platform is concerned, it is also at an advanced stage today. I must say, in a couple of weeks, you will see that it will go into criticality and from there onwards the commission exercise will start.

NDTV: Criticality meaning, that the nuclear reactor which is on board INS Arihant will be started and the submarine itself will be powered by the Indian-made nuclear reactor. Is that what you are telling?

VK Saraswat: Yes, absolutely.

NDTV: How soon can we see that?

VK Saraswat: I think it should happen in the next 2-3 weeks.

NDTV: In the next 2-3 weeks, the nuclear reactor will be started and the nuclear chain reaction will start working in INS Arihant. So it will become like a self-propelled vehicle then?

VK Saraswat: See, criticality means the reactor gets into operation. And that is the most important for any nuclear system, whether it's a reactor or it's a power plant for a nuclear submarine. It's a very important event as far as the designers, the builders of these platforms are concerned.

NDTV: So what next? When can we see a full-fledged trial?

VK Saraswat: After that we get into the trial mode. We have an evolved programme in which many trials of this system will be done with the submarine moving into the right operational mode and then also trying out the weapons and equipment. There is a series of tasks that are required to be carried out.

NDTV: So you are happy with the INS Arihant as it stands?

VK Saraswat: We are extremely happy because it is a major technological breakthrough for the country. And as far as the indigenous capability is concerned I must say that India has reached one of the major milestones in the field of complex technology of nuclear powered submarines.
India's nuclear deterrence capacity is in place, the country can sleep well: Defence research chief | NDTV.com
 

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They have already tested the reactor long ago , this will only be a cock and bull show for the press!
in fact most weapons systems are already tested platforms before being presented to the press so that failures and subsequent negative press can be minimized( we still have failures but very few relatively)
 

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