India’s first nuclear armed submarine, INS Arihant, is all set for full-fledged operations and is awaiting a formal induction in the fleet.
A Russian diving support ship, the RFS Epron, had accompanied the Arihant on its deep sea dives and launch tests.
A communication facility to interact with the submarine has already been commissioned into the Navy.
At the moment, Indian Navy is also working on building two more INS Arihant type submarines at the Ship Building Center (SBC) in Vishakhapatnam.
India already began construction of INS Aridhaman, the second vessel of the Arihant-class, this year.
India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is also working on the K-4, an intermediate-range nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile, with a rage of up to 3,500 km and is currently undergoing testing.
The Indian navy is also speeding up work on INS Varsha, which is a strategic naval base with underground pens on the Eastern Coast near Kakinada – where the nuclear assets would be based.
At present, the only nuclear powered platform in service is the INS Chakra, an Akula class SSN on lease from Russia.