CNS on INS Arihant
Can we expect the indigenously developed and constructed INS Arihant to be on Parade at the IFR 2016 for review by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of India?
Currently Arihant is going through the critical phase of extensive sea trials. Each of the trial schedules is crucial from the nuclear safety point of view. These trials are being monitored by multiple agencies and do not have the scope of hastening. It is only after satisfactory and successful completion of the trials the submarine can be considered for commissioning. So, at the present time it will be very difficult to predict whether she will participate in IFR. Yes, two aircraft carriers, INS Vikramaditya and INS Viraat, in addition to several Destroyers, Frigates, submarines and 50 aircrafts will form the Review Column.