Arihant sea tri­als in a few months

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The In­dian Navy’s first SSBN Arihant will en­ter a cru­cial phase of sea tri­als “in the com­ing months”, Navy Chief Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma de­clared to­day. “We’re pretty close to putting her to sea. In sub­ma­rine de­sign, there’s an el­e­ment of un­pre­dictabil­ity. It’s a hugely com­plex ex­er­cise. Some­times, un­ex­pected prob­lems do come up. But I can say that in the next few months, she’ll be ready for sea tri­als,” he said.

Un­der har­bour and sys­tems tri­als at the Ship­build­ing Cen­tre in Visakha­p­at­nam by the DRDO and In­dian Navy, the ves­sel is expected to un­dergo a rig­or­our rou­tine of tri­als at sea be­fore be­ing de­clared ready for com­mis­sion­ing and op­er­a­tions. The Arihant is expected to be the first of three SSBNs for the In­dian Navy—the two other hulls are al­ready in var­i­ous stages of con­struc­tion and fab­ri­ca­tion.

In July, Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh gave away awards for in­dige­nous tech­no­log­i­cal ex­cel­lence, in­clud­ing to De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Lab­o­ra­tory (DRDL) sci­en­tist A.K. Chakrabarti for “out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions in the suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment of the first Sub­ma­rine Launched Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile Sys­tem (SLBM) for the nu­clear pow­ered plat­form ‘Arihant’,” a re­fer­rence to the clas­si­fied K-se­ries of mis­siles, in­clud­ing the 750-km K-15 and 3,000-4,000 km range K-4 and K-5.

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