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India's nuclear submarine INS Arihant successfully completes patrol mission
Posted on: 05-11-2018 , 03:57:PM | DY365 Bureau

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November 05, 2018: in a major step in its underwater capability, INS Arihant, India's first indigenous nuclear ballistic missile submarine, has completed its first "deterrence patrol".

Congratulation INS Arihant, also known as the "annihilator of enemies" Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said, "I congratulate all those involved, especially the crew of INS Arihant for this accomplishment, which will always be remembered in our history."
With Arihant successfully completing its patrol, India now has a dependable nuclear triad. A nuclear triad means that the country now has the capability of firing nuclear weapons from land, air and sea.
It may be stated that the 6,000-tonne INS Arihant, under development for three decades under a highly classified programme, comes under the direct control of the Nuclear Command Authority headed by PM Modi. Having successfully completed the "deterrence patrol", the INS Arihant can now be considered a fully functional underwater ballistic missile delivery platform.
Stressing the significance of the successful deployment of INS Arihant for the completion of India's nuclear triad which puts India among a handful of countries having the capability to design, construct and operate SSBNs.
The Arihant submarine was launched in May 2009 by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. And it was quietly commissioned in August 2016.
 
 

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