Ques. Write a short note on: INS Arihant
INS Arihant is the lead ship of India’s Arihant-class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. The INS Arihant is to be the first of the expected five in the class of submarines designed and constructed as a part of the Indian Navy’s secretive Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project.
- The 6,000 tonne vessel, 111-metre bulk powered by an 83-megawatt uranium reactor.
- The submarine is capable of lurking effectively undetectable at depth almost indefinitely.
- The completion of the INS Arihant will make India one of six countries in the world with the ability to design, build, and operate its own nuclear submarines.
- Arihant has four vertical launch tubes, which can carry twelve (three per launch tube) smaller K-15 missiles or four larger K-4 missiles. The K-4 has a longer range of 3,500 kilometres and has commenced trials.