India’s nuclear submarine INS Arihant completes first ‘deterrence patrol’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 5, 2018 announced that India’s first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant has successfully completed its “first deterrence patrol”.

The development signifies that the underwater warship has completed its maiden long-range mission with “live” nuclear-tipped missiles. On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated all those involved in the process, especially the crew of INS Arihant for the great accomplishment.

Key Highlights

1. The 6,000-tonne INS Arihant, which was under development for three decades under a highly classified programme, comes under the direct control of the Nuclear Command Authority headed by PM Modi.
2. Following the successful completion of its “deterrence patrol”, INS Arihant can now be considered a fully functional underwater ballistic missile delivery platform.
3. The ballistic missile submarine is a strategic asset as it can fire city-destroying missiles from anywhere in the ocean and remain undetected for a long time.
4. It can also sneak closer to the coast of an enemy nation and fire ballistic missiles deep into their territory, which otherwise cannot be reached by land-based short-range ballistic missiles.

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