First Indian nuclear submarine set for open sea trials
NEW DELHI(AFP) - India's first home-built nuclear submarine is ready for sea trials in open waters, a step before it becomes fully operational, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced on Saturday.
India unveiled the indigenous 6,000-tonne INS Arihant (Destroyer of Enemies) in 2009 as part of a project to construct five nuclear armed vessels.
Mr Singh described the development as "a giant stride in the progress of our indigenous technological capabilities" and said he hoped to see the submarine commissioned soon.
Arihant is powered by an 85-megawatt nuclear reactor and can reach 24 knots, according to defence officials. It will carry a 95-member crew.