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India launches its 1st nuclear-powered submarine

NEW DELHI -- India on Sunday launched the first nuclear-powered submarine built on its soil, joining just five other countries that can design and construct such vessels, the prime minister's office announced.

The Indian navy flooded a dry dock housing the 367-foot- (112-meter) long submarine to send it out for trials at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

India does not seek to threaten anyone, Singh said at the ceremony in the southern port city of Vishakhapatnam. “Nevertheless, it is incumbent upon us to take all measures necessary to safeguard our country and to keep pace with technological advancements worldwide.”

Until now, only the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China had the capabilities to develop nuclear submarines.

The milestone is likely to rattle neighboring Pakistan, which has fought three wars with India, two of them over control of the Kashmir region, since they won independence from Britain in 1947.

But India is looking beyond the old rivalry, asserting itself as a power on the Asian and international stage, according to Uday Bhaskar, a former naval commander and director of the National Maritime Foundation.

The U.S., in particular, has encouraged India's role as a possible counter to China, stepping up exercises with the Indian navy and selling the South Asian nation an American warship for the first time in 2007. American defense contractors — shut out from the lucrative Indian market during the long Cold War — have been offering the country's military everything from advanced fighter jets to anti-ship missiles.

Still, it could take three to five years for India's submarine to become operational, after undergoing sea trials and getting fitted with a nuclear reactor, surveillance equipment and ordnance, said Bhaskar.

The submarine will be capable of launching nuclear weapons, Bhaskar told The Associated Press.

That would complete India's strategic triad for nuclear weapons — giving them the capability of delivering them from the air, from ground-based mobile platforms and from the sea, said Rahul Bedi, a defense analyst with Jane's Defense Weekly, a magazine reporting on military affairs.

India's state-run Defense Research and Development Organization could take two to three years to indigenously develop cruise and ballistic missiles which can be fired from the submarine, Bedi said. “India can't buy them from the international market as these are prohibited weapons,” Bedi told The Associated Press.

India has modeled its submarine on Charlie-class vessels that it leased from the Soviet Union between 1988 and 1991, Bedi said.

India is leasing another nuclear submarine from Russia for 10 years. It is expected to arrive by early next year.

August 4, 2009    urluv_p@
"The milestone is likely to rattle neighboring Pakistan, which has fought three wars with India" ::

Unlike Pakistan, we Indians are not obsessed with Pakistan and don't acre much about it, so the above statements don't make any sense to me.
August 11, 2009    bhattigate@
Pakistan is a country of intelligent people - There is no God save Allah and Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) is the Last Prophet of Allah - by the Grace of Allah Almighty and from the NAZAR-e-Karam of Hadrat Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), Pakistan will make the nuclear-powered submarine Inshallah very soon - Pakistan is a peaceful Islamic Country.
August 14, 2009    Indian@
Pakistan is a peaceful Islamic Country - Wrong
Look at your history buddy.

Pakistan will make the nuclear-powered submarine Inshallah very soon - How about asking North Korea for help?

Pakistan is a country of intelligent people - Oh really?
September 13, 2009    sri@
bhattigate@ wrote:
Pakistan is a country of intelligent people - There is no God save Allah and Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) is the Last Prophet of Allah - by the Grace of Allah Almighty and from the NAZAR-e-Karam of Hadrat Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), Pakistan will make the nuclear-powered submarine Inshallah very soon - Pakistan is a peaceful Islamic Country.
You should be a comic writer...
December 2, 2009    pavan.ragala@
bhattigate@ wrote:
Pakistan is a country of intelligent people - There is no God save Allah and Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) is the Last Prophet of Allah - by the Grace of Allah Almighty and from the NAZAR-e-Karam of Hadrat Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), Pakistan will make the nuclear-powered submarine Inshallah very soon - Pakistan is a peaceful Islamic Country.
Bhattigate-"Pakistan will make the nuclear-powered submarine Inshallah very soon - Pakistan is a peaceful Islamic Country". hahahaha...It cant make anything on its own from missiles to nuclear tech…It’s better you people concentrate on the same theory your country followed for ages...BEG, BORROW, STEAL....this country is good at making a mess out of anything.
January 5, 2010    rockwiler@
lol bhattigate ur praying to god ain’t gonna help Pakistan get a nuclear submarine. u can pray all you want. The only way Pakistan will get 1 is if other countries give them lots of help, which they probably won’t. So keep dreaming.
March 25, 2010    khalilahmaad@
Pakistan has made everything herself. Pakistan never stole or begged anything from any one like Indians begged from Russians. Even Indian so called arihant is retired Russian crap submarine repainted in Indian tranga colors. FAO reported India is a country where more than 50% of children under age 5 are under weight because of malnutrition. The TIMES ( A popular newspaper in UK) reported India is the biggest open latrine ( Toilet) in world where 500 million people go to open planes for shitting and 20 million more employed in cleaning that. India is a country where minorities have no right to live as per their religious believes (Babri mosque, Golden Temple and Gujrat Riot by Hindus) are some to mention. India which is leading the world in AIDS and HIV after Africa. India where more than half of population is titled subhumans or untouchables ( DALIT cast of Hindus). This is real face of India obviously not comparable to Pakistan in any way. This is for all those Indians to open their eyes who talk about Pakistan that how Indian politicians fool more than a billion people of India in name of Pakistan
April 27, 2010    johnwangxun@
As a Canadian, I would have to agree with the Pakistanis on this situation and that India is a really messed up country. This nuclear sub is obvious not designed by India, or else it would have sunk on the first day it's launched. I am speculating that it's probably Russian technology, or stolen Western/Chinese technology
July 21, 2010    moudgil_1978@
johnwangxun@ wrote:
As a Canadian, I would have to agree with the Pakistanis on this situation and that India is a really messed up country. This nuclear sub is obvious not designed by India, or else it would have sunk on the first day it's launched. I am speculating that it's probably Russian technology, or stolen Western/Chinese technology
Hi John, don't call yourself Canadian. You are of Chinese origin and talking of cheating, stealing and lying, which is your country of origin's traits, not India's.
October 19, 2010    optimusprime_01@
Hey, don’t call yourself john, you are being hypocritical. You people are hypocrites and cannot be trusted in the first place. All the technology that you have were stolen by means of cheating lying pretending towards the west. If they were created by u I know that they will sink or drop to the ground or explode in mid air ok. You will be defeated swiftly n decisively.
November 28, 2010    Sathishkumardch@
Guys stop this mess. We are far better than this, we are Indians not street gangs fighting for something which is not important. Our strength is silence. If they have guts compare us with economy, so don't waste ur time.
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