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Arihant Class SSBN - India's Domestic Nuclear Submarine

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

  1. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    This new reactor has opened a sea of opportunities for us. An attack sub must be capable of very high speeds submerged and this reactor will allow a SSN slightly bigger than Arihant to do that job easily. The real output of this reactor is 150MW. It will be tried at lower level right now and will be used at full power for the follow up subs. Two of them might go in to Vishaal.
     
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    proud_indian FULL MEMBER

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    The same reactor can be used to power next gen aircraft carriers as well?
     
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    Pundrick Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    I always said that 2nd AC should be hybrid one with 40-45K ton, with one nuke reactor supported by 2 gas turbine engines.
     
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    Blackjay Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    10 days to fueling the Aridhaman



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    (Arihant, underway)

    The second indigenous Arihant-class SSBN, INS Aridhaman, is completely outfitted, all inside of 7 years from the time when its keel was laid at the Vizag special projects facility. It took less time to produce than the Ohio-class SSBN rolling out of the General Dynamics Electric Boat facility at Quonset Point, Rhode Island, and Groton, MA, which complex has by now manufactured over a hundred SSBNs and SSNs for the US Navy.

    Aridhaman will be fueled up ten days from today, i.e., around September 5, and the more powerful nuclear reactor in it (than in the Arihant) will be fired up soon thereafter. The vessel will then be ready to undergo harbour trials and conduct shallow dives before the trials take to the open sea.

    Not too long ago, the Chinese Navy launched its Laoning-class aircraft carrier with much fanfare. It will take PLAN 15-20 years to integrate the carrier into fleet ops. India’s more strategic riposte with the Aridhaman, especially with the continuing eyeballing situation in the Doklam area of the trijunction, is a perfect reminder to the Central Military Commission headed by the recently anointed “Supreme commander of the people’s army”, Xi Jinping, that it won’t do his regime any good exercising the intimidation techniques of threatening, huffing and puffing, feints, etc. recommended by the ancient Confucian strategist Suntze in lieu of actual action. If the hope is that a sufficiently cowed adversary will back down, India’s posture to-date will have belied it. India is not backing down. So Beijing has a choice of backing down, as gracefully as it possibly can, and lose face partially. Or, stick on and lose face totally.

    The Aridhaman, moreover, has 8 tubes to launch the K-4 2,500 km SLBMs — twice the number of tubes as the Arihant, and can carry some 24 land-attack K-15 missiles as well. The twin SSBN set will by end-2018 be able to drop a whopping nuclear load on Shanghai and the coast line to the east and west of that metropolis — the main wealth-generating region of China. Not a bad thing for the 2nd Artillery Strategic Forces to keep in mind. Meanwhile, with the second Akula-II SSN — the agreement for its lease from Russia is at the stage of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s — entering IN service, the Laoning will be well advised to stay well east of the Malacca Strait.

    There’s, moreover, general relief in the ASEAN states and the now Brahmos-armed Vietnam as also in the Far East, particularly Japan, with the recent developments in South Asia. India’s firm handling of the Doklam issue, which together with the second Indian SSBN soon showily taking to the waters, will increase manifold the confidence of the states on the Chinese periphery in India, and help douse the dragon’s fire. And its ‘tianxia’ ambition

    Link-
    https://bharatkarnad.com/2017/08/25/10-days-to-fueling-the-aridhaman/
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    pls understand that the new reactor has increased the time required for nuke refilling by nearly twice for the new subs.
     
  6. Karnan

    Karnan 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    How much power does the next generation SSBN requires?
    Did we make this new reactor with Russian help?
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    The first one always had this potential but we needed to check that out in real life. Arihant has done that job for us. We will slowly increase the power of these reactors.
     
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    Karnan 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    They are saying that K5 missile ejection tested. Is it a typo(K15). Or is that missile in actual testing or just a dummy test in the tube?
     
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    Blackjay Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    Something wrong with that K-4 range from Bharatkarnad........ :)
     
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    The new sub will be able to strike the farthest point of China from Bay of Bengal. I can vouch for it.
     
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    Has the K-4 ever been tested from a sub?
     
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    Blackjay Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    Yes,it was tested from Arihant in full operational configuration...
    You could consider it more or less inducted.....
     
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    K-4 range is 3500 kms with full 2500 kgs load, now decide if payload is lower what its range will be........:)
     
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    ranadd 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    And any weapons in development testing or experimental testing during peace time is going to be used during times of conflict.

    R&D 101.

    :agree:
     
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    Blackjay Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    Yup.Add the fact that last test in 2016 from Arihant was conducted by personnel of SFC.
    We could pretty much be sure K-4 is ready by now.SFC doesn't conduct tests till missile is in final configuration.
     
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