Skip to Content

Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

India begins sea trails of its indigenous nuclear submarine

[caption id="attachment_3059" align="alignright" width="460" caption="Smt. Gursharan Kaur, wife of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh breaking the auspicious coconut on the hull of the 6,000 tonne submarine, INS Arihant marking its launch, at Visakhapatnam on July 26, 2009. "]Smt. Gursharan Kaur, wife of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh breaking the auspicious coconut on the hull of the 6,000 tonne submarine, INS Arihant marking its launch, at Visakhapatnam on July 26, 2009. [/caption]

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Meherabad (Maharashtra), 27 July (Asiantribune.com): Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday launched the country’s first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine Arihant, at Vishakapatnam naval dockyard for sea trials.

The 105 metres long Arihant, which means destroyer of enemies, is among the five in the class already approved by the government to create a strong nuclear submarine fleet.

With this induction India has joined the elite league comprising US, Russia, France and China, which have capabilities to develop nuclear submarines.

Code named Advanced Technology Vehicle, INS Arihant is a joint product of Indian Navy, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The mini-nuclear reactor that will power the submarine has been fitted into its hull.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described ATV Programme as a historic milestone in the country's defence preparedness. And said its launch reflected the immense technical expertise that exists in the country and its self-reliance in the most advanced areas of defence technology.

Excerpts from his speech

The construction of a submarine is a highly demanding task by itself. For the country to develop its first nuclear submarine is a special achievement. Today we join a select group of five nations who possess the capability to build a nuclear powered submarine.

I am particularly glad that this submarine is the outcome of a productive public-private partnership. Private industry in India has evolved considerably during the last few decades and we should leverage its strengths to achieve our defence goals. I would also like to express our appreciation to our Russian friends for their consistent and invaluable cooperation, which symbolizes the close strategic partnership that we enjoy with Russia.

The sea is increasingly becoming relevant in the context of India's security interests and we must re-adjust our military preparedness to this changing environment. Our Navy has a huge responsibility in this regard.

The Government is fully committed to ensuring the defence of our national interests and the protection of our territorial integrity. We will continue to render all support to the constant modernization of our armed forces and to ensuring that they remain at the cutting edge of technology.

We do not have any aggressive designs nor do we seek to threaten anyone. We seek an external environment in our region and beyond that is conducive to our peaceful development and the protection of our value systems. Nevertheless it is incumbent upon us to take all measures necessary to safeguard our country and to keep pace with technological advancements worldwide. It has rightly been said that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

The years of hard work, dedication and perseverance that have gone into today's launch are an example worthy of emulation. They show that no task is difficult and that there is no greater power than the power of self-belief. I am confident that the lessons learnt from this launch will enable the ATV Programme to achieve even better results in the coming years.

-Asian Tribune -

Share this


.