TECHNOLOGY NEWS
August 09, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

India says its first home-built nuclear submarine is set for sea trials, as it detailed billion-dollar projects to arm its navy with warships, aircraft and modern weaponry.

The indigenous 6,000-ton INS Arihant (Destroyer of Enemies) was unveiled in 2009 as part of a project to construct five such vessels which would be armed with nuclear-tipped missiles and torpedoes.

"Arihant is steadily progressing towards operationalisation, and we hope to commence sea trials in the coming months," Indian navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma told reporters.

"Our maritime and nuclear doctrine will then be aligned to ensure that our nuclear insurance comes from the sea," Verma said,

Arihant is powered by an 85-megawatt nuclear reactor and can reach 44 kilometres an hour (24 knots), according to defence officials. It will carry a 95-member crew.

The Indian navy inducted a Russian-leased nuclear submarine into service in April this year, joining China, France, the United States, Britain and Russia in the elite club of countries with nuclear-powered vessels.

Verma said 43 warships were currently under construction at local shipyards while the first of six Franco-Spanish Scorpene submarines under contract would join the Indian navy in 2015 and the sixth by 2018.

The admiral said the navy was also poised to induct eight Boeing long-range maritime reconnaissance P-8I aircraft next year.

AFP




 


PREVIOUS STORY
India can monitor BlackBerry without codes
NEXT STORY
Samsung launches its super-size Galaxy Note

Bookmark and Share
   




FIJI NEWS
Bogileka, Lesavua in FLP line-upFiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry today announced another 12 candidates to give them a total of 39 candidates for the September 17 elections.
SPORTS
Drasa, Saraswati in pool of deathReigning U19s Secondary Schools Football champs Drasa Secondary School has been pitted against last year's runner-up, Saraswati College, in the same pool of this year's competition.
HEALTH/FITNESS
Clean-up day to curb dengue outbreakFiji's Ministry of Health has declared a clean-up day next Thursday for residents in the central division as it ups the tempo against a dengue fever outbreak currently experienced in the country.
LIFESTYLE/FASHION
Charlene is Miss World Fiji 201420-year-old Nadi beauty, Charlene Tafunaíi was tonight crowned Miss World Fiji 2014 at the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Pacific Harbour.
ENTERTAINMENT
Shortland St to film in Fiji next weekNew Zealandís long running medical television drama, Shortland Street will be filming in Fiji next week for an upcoming storyline.
OFFBEAT
Mercury 'took Princess Diana to gay barQueen singer Freddie Mercury disguised the late Princess Diana as a male model and smuggled her into a notorious gay bar, according to a memoir serialised in Britain's Sunday Times.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS