First Indian Nuclear-Capable Sub to Begin Sea Trials

India's first nuclear-capable submarine is scheduled in coming months to start sea trials and to begin its military activities before next year is over, the Press Trust of India reported on Friday (see GSN, Dec. 3, 2010).

The INS Arihant would be India's first domestically produced submarine to run on nuclear power. With its completion, the South Asian nation would wield the full nuclear triad. New Delhi today holds nuclear bombers and land-based nuclear-capable missiles (see GSN, May 19).

Sea testing is due to begin "some months from now," Indian navy head Adm. Nirmal Verma said to journalists in New Delhi.

"I had said that we will [begin patrols] in 2012 and by and large we are on track," he added. A specific schedule would be issued after the sea testing, according to Verma.

The submarine was first put to sea in July 2009. Two other nuclear-fueled submarines are also being constructed in India with support from Russia (Press Trust of India/IBN Live, Dec. 2).

December 5, 2011
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India's first nuclear-capable submarine is scheduled in coming months to start sea trials and to begin its military activities before next year is over, the Press Trust of India reported on Friday.

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