July 26, 2009
Destroyer of the enemy
With INS Arihant, India's first indigenously-built nuclear-powered submarine - and its existing land- and air-based capabilities - the world's largest democracy takes a big step toward a second-strike capable nuclear triad.
"On Sunday, we join a select group of five nations who possess capacity to build a nuclear-powered submarine," the Prime Minister noted.Code-named Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV), Arihant will carry 'Sagarika' (K-15) missile that has a range of 700 kms.
As India has declared "no first use" of nuclear weapons, the country's weapons system must survive a first strike for retaliation. Therefore, Arihant's primary weapon is stealth as it can lurk in ocean depths of half a kilometre or more and fire its missiles from under the sea.
With the caveat that the Indians still have a lot of work to do to make this thing work.
Related: India is set to begin construction on its third Antarctic research station.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 26, 2009 10:08 AM