Ari­hant to sail out by Novem­ber


With its 83 MW pres­sure wa­ter re­ac­tor go­ing crit­i­cal, In­dia’s first SSBN, the Ari­hant is all set for sea ac­cep­tance tri­als that will see it stretch its legs at depths for the first time in the Bay of Ben­gal off the coast of Visakha­p­at­nam. The ves­sel has been em­broiled in har­bour ac­cep­tance tri­als (HATs) for the last four years since its launch in July 2009.

The Ari­hant is likely to spend about 18 months in sea tri­als be­fore it is com­mis­sioned into ser­vice. By that time, it’s fol­lowon boat, ten­ta­tively ti­tled Ari­daman, will be launched as well at the Ship­build­ing Cen­tre in Vizag. Ari­hant’s sea ac­cep­tance tri­als will also later in­clude in­te­gra­tion and test­ing of the K-15 mis­sile, apart from other weapons. Once all tests are com­plete, the Ari­hant will be com­mis­sioned into ser­vice and com­mence de­ter­rent patrol in the In­dian Ocean.

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