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Arihant Class SSBN - India's Domestic Nuclear Submarine

Discussion in 'Indian Navy' started by SpArK, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Flyboy!

    Flyboy! Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    And the propulsion system is the same U 238/5 PWR as on the INS Chakra ?
     
  2. Inactive

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    I, of course, do not agree there. The doctrine is very clear ' ...... the use and the threat of use.....' The initiative lies with India how to deal with a possible nuclear weapon deployment. We may undertake a strike of our own, technically being 'first' strike!:biggthumpup:
     
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  3. brahmos_ii

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    Will INS Arihant and her sisters provide stability in South Asia, or increase the dangers of a crisis? A recent article in the Washington Quarterly suggests the latter. Diana Wueger argues that, contrary to the experience of the Cold War, the development of a sea-based deterrent will probably not contribute to the stability of the South Asian nuclear balance. Instead, it could lead to a dangerous spiral between India and Pakistan, or between India and China.

    It’s worth thinking about what the Indian Navy expects the Arihant-class to do. In traditional deterrence terms, Arihant provides insurance against a disarming or decapitating nuclear strike launched by either China or Pakistan. China surely has sufficient weapons and delivery systems to carry out such a strike, possibly in a very short time frame, and potentially using its own nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) in the process. Pakistan’s expanding nuclear arsenal could also put India’s command and control systems at considerable risk in a general attack.

    Wueger expresses several concerns. First, she worries that the specific dynamics of India’s deterrent relationships don’t demand the development of an SSBN force; India can manage without and boomers take away from other naval priorities. She also worries that an expansion of India’s SSBN force — and potentially the creation of Pakistan’s — will drive a destabilizing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) race in the Indian Ocean. The Cold War saw precisely this development, as both the United States and the USSR redoubled their investment in ASW as SSBNs became more capable. China’s ASW capabilities have already begun to grow more formidable, just as the PLAN has devoted greater attention to the Indian Ocean.

    The Arihant could also throw off the already tenuous crisis-management dynamics between India and Pakistan. In particular, Pakistan might seek to develop its own sea-based deterrent, only without the economic and technical resources that India has on command. This could result in Pakistani diesel-electrics carrying nuclear-armed cruise missiles, an outcome that would have deeply destabilizing effects on crisis scenarios.

    In short, Wueger suggests that SSBNs do no transform the deterrent relationship between China and India (although they do introduce a new arena for competition), and that they have the potential to destabilize the already problematic Indo-Pakistani relationship. Unfortunately, it’s far too late for India to change its mind; Arihant is conducting trials, and the rest of the class will hit the sea over the next decade. Over the long run, however, the Indian Navy may regret the investment in a class of subs designed to do nothing other than hide at the bottom of the ocean, instead of concentrating on more practical, useful vessels.

    Could India's Arihant-class SSBN Lead to Strategic Instability in South Asia?
     
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  4. BON PLAN

    BON PLAN Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    a SLBM speed cruise is some knots (3 to 4). not more.
    A max speed is only usefull when you are chased by a SSK or SSN, but in this case your sub is all but stealthy.
     
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  5. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    And what made you declare that Arihant is "All but Stealthy".
     
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    BON PLAN Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Any sub, in full speed, is all but stealthy ! Not specially yours.
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    I mistook your post and thought that you are specifically referring to Arihant only.
     
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    No problem Bro !

    Have a nice day :azn:
     
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    Looks like we have got a new baby delivered.

    If true then these are first images of INS Aridhaman.:dance3::dance3::dance3:
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    The submarine is 100+ meters , so that confirms it to be Arihant class.

    But we cannot say that its Arindham, as she is not adjacent to the SBC fabrication center.
     
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    Ha .. it is sailing .. don't doubt it.
     
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  12. Ripcord322

    Ripcord322 Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Looks like the Arihant....
    Where exactly is this Sat Photo From...

    I wish Good Sailing to her...
    Looking forward to the Upcoming Real Deterrent Subs (The Next Class that is...Some call it the 'Avinash')...


    PS :
    So much for Doval's Utmost Secrecy....
     
  13. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    Was just implying that it cannot be said for sure that its S-3.
     
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    @vstol jockey what is the use of increasing delivery option,even that will increase after mirv enabled missiles without increasing the war heads
     
  15. vstol jockey

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    Pls do not feel offended. I do not wish to answer this question.
     
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