India has set in motion the atomic reactor on board INS Arihant on Friday night and added to the competencies of its ingenuity. INS Arihant is longer than any of the submarine in the Indian Navy’s fleet so far.
India is the only nation in the Indian Ocean area to own a nuclear submarine and the sixth in the globe with know-how to design and built a nuclear submarine.
According to the sources, the submarine was on its own power now and
launching of nuclear reactor was a major breakthrough in making the submarine functional. They further said INS Arihant would go through massive trials in sea before being rendered functional. Navy’s submarine base in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh is the site where INS Arihant has been undergoing trials presently.
Prime Minister, Man Mohan Singh said the nuclear reactor’s launching on INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear submarine “represents a giant stride in the progress of our indigenous technological capabilities”. He congratulated the scientists and defense personnel for activating the nuclear propulsion reactor on board INS Arihant.
A medium-range nuclear missile BO-5 has been primed by the DRDO for being installed on the Arihant and its last developmental trial was held on January 27 off the coast of Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
The activation of nuclear submarine will facilitate India to accomplish the competency of going into high seas for long durations. A nuclear reactor generates tremendous heat driving a steam turbine and ensures inexhaustible underwater endurance and speed twice that of its existing counterparts.
Normal diesel-electric sub marines have to come up on surface at ordered intervals for charging the fuel cells or their batteries.
Reportedly, the submarine will help India in developing a “credible second strike capability” in case of nuclear attack.