- India’s first ballistic nuclear submarine (SSBN), the INS Arihant (which means destroyer of enemies), has been secretly moved out of harbor for sea trials.
- Sea trials represent the final stage before being inducted into the Indian Navy. Another three submarines are already under various stages of construction at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
- The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) recently tested a 3,000 km range submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) named K-4, from a pontoon submerged 30 feet deep, off the coast of Visakhapatnam.
- The longer range K-4 will complement the shorter range K-15, also known as Sagarika, with a range of 750 km.
- The K-4 has until now been tested from submerged pontoons in the absence of a submarine.
- These achievements are a significant boost to India’s quest to field a nuclear triad, and will enhance its stature in the international community.
Source: Defence News