India prepares for the construction of 6 nuclear submarines of its own design
India plans to start building six nuclear submarines of its own design to maintain the balance of power in the Indian Ocean zone and beyond.
"During the month or two, the Security Committee under the Government of India is likely to approve the construction of the first three nuclear submarines, which will eventually be followed by the construction of three more submarines of the same project," the sources quoted the publication as saying.
Their construction will take place at the Visakhapatnam shipyard in the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh. The construction of the first nuclear submarine is scheduled to be completed in 2032.
The displacement of the first Indian nuclear submarines will be 6 thousand tons. The armament of the submarines has not been reported.
This year, India will commission the second nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) of the Arihant project. The construction of the head SSBN of this project was completed in 2016. Two years later, she made her first patrol voyage. "Arihant" has a displacement of about 6 thousand tons and is capable of underwater speeds from 24 to 30 knots. Its main armament is 12 ballistic missiles with a range of 750 km. In total, according to the Indian press, it is planned to put into service six submarines of this class, including an improved project with a displacement of 13 thousand tons and ballistic missiles with a range of 3.5 thousand km.