Reactor on INS Arihant activated

New Delhi, Aug 10 : In a significant move towards completing the country's nuclear triad, India on Friday activated the atomic reactor on board the nuclear submarine INS Arihant.

The indigenous submarine will soon be launched to sea on the Eastern coast and the move paved the way for its operational deployment by the Indian Navy, reports said.

Pertinently, nuclear triad is the capability to fire nuclear-tipped missiles from land, air and sea.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said he was delighted that INS Arihant has achieved 'criticality'.

In his congratulatory message, Singh said: "I am delighted to learn that the nuclear propulsion reactor on board INS Arihant, India's first indigenous nuclear powered submarine, has now achieved criticality. I extend my congratulations to all those associated with this important milestone, particularly the Department of Atomic Energy, the Indian Navy and the Defence Research and Development Organization."

"Today's development represents a giant stride in the progress of our indigenous technological capabilities. It is testimony to the ability of our scientists, technologists and defence personnel to work together for mastering complex technologies in the service of our nation's security," the PM said.

"I look forward to the early commissioning of the INS Arihant," he said.

--IBNS (Posted on 10-08-2013)

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