Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma has said that INS Arihant nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine will complete its sea trails before it is declared ready for for operational deployment by the end of next year.
Indian Naval chief said, “I had said that we will do so (commissioning of INS Arihant) in 2012 and by and large we are on track. A firm date can be given only when we have the sea trials which will happen from some months from now.”
The 6,000 tonne INS Arihant submarine was codenamed Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) can carry 12 nuclear capable K-15 Sagarika submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) with range of 700km. The INS Arihant nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine is 110 m long and 11m wide.
Launching ceremony of the first indian nuclear submarine designed to carry nuclear missiles was attended by the Russian ambassador & other defense exports who were associated with the Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) program. At this occasion, Indian Navy's Vice Admiral Kannan said, “We never had a nuclear submarine, and we needed design consultancy from them.” It was reported by the local media that first nuclear submarine of the Arihant class has about 40% indigenous content which will be increased in follow on boats.