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INS Arihant Left Crippled After ‘Accident’ 10 Months Ago

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Indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant suffered major damage because of possible human error and has not sailed now for months, according to Navy sources. Arihant is the most important platform within India’s nuclear triad covering land-air-sea modes.

Arihant’s propulsion compartment suffered damage after water entered the area more than 10 months ago, according to details available with The Hindu. One naval source said water rushed in because a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake. The Ministry of Defence did not respond to questions from The Hindu.

The accident ::

The indigenous nuclear submarine, built under the Advanced Technology Vessel project (ATV), suffered damage while it was at harbour. Since the accident, the submarine has been undergoing repairs and clean up, and has not sailed, sources said.

Besides other repair work, many pipes had to be cut open and replaced. One naval source said the “cleaning up” is a laborious task in a nuclear submarine which is why there has been a delay in getting it back to sea.

Arihant’s issue has arisen soon after INS Chakra, the nuclear submarine leased from Russia, was reported to have suffered damage to its sonar domes while entering the harbour in Visakhapatnam in early October. However, INS Chakra has only a peripheral role in the nuclear triad, for both training and escorting, since it is INS Arihant that would carry nuclear missiles.

The absence of Arihant from operations came to the political leadership’s attention during the India-China military stand-off at Doklam. Whenever such a stand-off takes place, countries carry out precautionary advance deployment of submarine assets. INS Arihant (Code name S2) came into the limelight on July 26, 2009, the day Gursharan Kaur, wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, broke the auspicious coconut to launch India’s first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine in Visakhapatnam.

After that, the submarine was towed to an enclosed pier for extensive harbour trials from the dry docks at Ship Building Centre, away from public view. INS Arihant was quietly commissioned into service in August 2016 and its induction is still not officially acknowledged. It is powered by an 83 MW pressurised light-water reactor with enriched uranium.

Senior naval sources maintain that INS Arihant has not left the harbour for the last ten months or so, and has faced problems from the start. Initial delays could be just teething trouble, glitches at various stages of getting the reactor to go critical and during harbour trials; major differences between the Russian-supplied design and indigenous fabrication are said to have left many issues unaddressed satisfactorily.

Equipped with nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, Arihant is India’s only operational Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear (SSBN) asset. It can stay undetected deep underwater for long periods, range far and wide, and launch nuclear missiles when required.

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