India’s Arihant class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Commissioned

arihant_1Submarine INS Arihant has been commissioned into service in the Indian Navy and has been operational since August. It was launched in 2009 by then prime minister Manmohan Singh.Weighing around 6,000 tonnes, Arihant is a ship submersible ballistic, nuclear submarine that can carry ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.The design of the submarine is based on Russian Akula-1 class submarines and has four vertical launch tubes, which can carry 12 K-15 missiles or four larger K-4 missiles.Arihant was formally commissioned by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba.With its commission, India has completed its nuclear triad- capability of firing nuclear weapons from land, air and sea.Arihant will be armed with the K-15 missiles and will be able to carry nuclear warheads to a range of 750 kilometeres.Russia has helped scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in making the reactor fit into the 10-metre-wide hull of the submarines.On July 26, 2009, on Vijay Diwas, the anniversary day of Kargil War victory, Arihant was launched into the water at the ship-building centre in Visakhapatnam reported IANS.The sea trials started in December 2014 and the submarine was deemed fit for operations in February 2016.Arihant is a part of Indian Navy’s secretive Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project.India will enter the club of countries like Russia, China, France that possess nuclear-powered submarines.

Details as per WikiPedia:

Name: INS Arihant
Builder: Shipbuilding Centre (SBC), Visakhapatnam, India
Launched: 26 July 2009
Acquired: 13 December 2014
Commissioned: August 2016
Homeport: Visakhapatnam
Status: in service
General characteristics
Class and type: Arihant-class ballistic missile submarine
Displacement: surface: 6,000 tonne (estimated)
Length: 111 m (364 ft)
Beam: 15 m (49 ft)
Draft: 11 m (36 ft)
Installed power: 83 MW (111,305 hp)
Propulsion: PWR using 40% enriched uranium fuel (83 MWe);one turbine (47,000 hp/70 MW); one shaft; one 7-bladed, high-skew propeller (estimated)
Range: unlimited except by food supplies
Test depth: 350 m (1,150 ft) (estimated)
Complement: 95–100 officers and men
Sensors and
processing systems:
USHUS sonar

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