India’s first nuclear submarine — INS Arihant — completes milestone mission to establish country’s nuclear triad
- India’s indigenous
nuclear submarinecompleted its first ‘deterrence petrol’ establishing that the country has an operational nuclear triad.
- In fact, submarines are the most efficient and ‘difficult to detect’ part of a nuclear triad.
- India’s Prime Minister,
Narendra Modi, specified that the submarine is ‘a fitting response to those who indulge in nuclear blackmail’.
The country’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met the crew of India’s indigenous submarine to express the importance of INS Arihant in strengthening the country’s national security.
Dhanteras gets even more special!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 5, 2018
India’s pride, nuclear submarine INS Arihant successfully completed its first deterrence patrol!
I congratulate all those involved, especially the crew of INS Arihant for this accomplishment, which will always be remembered in our history. pic.twitter.com/tjeOj2cBdX
That being said, India follows a policy nuclear policy of ‘no first use’ and ‘minimum credible deterrence’. This means that it won’t attack, until and unless, its attacked first.
India is a land of peace. Values of togetherness are enshrined in our culture.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 5, 2018
Peace is our strength, not our weakness.
Our nuclear programme must be seen with regard to India’s efforts to further world peace and stability.
Friend or foe?
The completion of INS Arihant’s ‘deterrence patrol’ is not only significant since it completes India’s nuclear triad, but also because nuclear-powered submarines are least likely to get discovered and can stay hidden for months on end.
While Modi didn’t specify what he meant by the submarine being ‘a fitting response to those who indulge in nuclear blackmail’, it could be a message for Pakistan who’s on the fast-track to enhance its nuclear arsenal and emerge as the world’s 5th largest nuclear weapons state.
Even China’s growing presence in the Indian Ocean has been a cause of concern for India’s defences.
When comparing India’s nuclear capabilities to the rest of the world, it still has a long way to go. While the United States has over 70 nuclear submarines in its war chest, Russia has approximately 30. Even
US, Russia and China’s missiles also have ranges that extend beyond 5,000 kms whereas
(Picture Credit : twitter/@narendramodi)