INS Arihant carries out successful launch of Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile

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India's submarine INS Arihant carried out a successful launch of a ballistic missile on 14 October, 2022. 

Important facts

  • The missile was test fired to a predetermined range and was successful in hitting the target area in the Bay of Bengal with high accuracy.

  • All operational and technical parameters of the weapon system have been validated.

  • The successful user training launch of the SLBM by INS Arihant is critical to proving crew competency and validating the SSBN programme, a key element of India's nuclear deterrence.

About INS Arihant

  • It is India’s first indigenously-designed, developed and manufactured nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine.

  • It was designed in the 1990s and its development project was officially accepted in 1998.

  • Its design is based on the Russian Akula-1 class submarine.

  • It was launched on 26 July 2009, the anniversary of Vijay Diwas (Kargil War Victory Day) by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

  • It is a 6,000 ton submarine with a length of 110 meters and a width of 11 meters.

  • It is powered by an 83 MW pressurized light water nuclear reactor with enriched uranium fuel.

  • It was built under the Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project at the Ship Building Centre in the port city of Visakhapatnam.

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