Reactor powered up on first ‘made in India’ nuclear sub
A Russian Akula-class sub in Brest harbor, western France, in 2004. The INS Arihant is said to be based on this Cold War design.
India has activated the reactor aboard the INS Arihant, believed to be the first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine designed and built outside the Cold War “nuclear club.”
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the event a “giant stride in … our indigenous technological capabilities.”
It’s the first nuclear-powered submarine built in India and the first such vessel constructed by a country other than the United States, U.K., France, Russia or China.