SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
According to Buzz in Indian Defence circles. INS Aridhaman, Second Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine might have a soft launch in 2017 after it was confirmed that Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has completed assembly of the Second nuclear reactor, which is likely to propel the second N-powered submarine.
India under its Secretive indigenous SSBN Program is developing Three Nuclear-powered Submarines which will complete India’s second-strike capabilities and earlier this year Indian Navy quietly commissioned INS Arihant which is first lead ballistic missile submarine into operational patrolling duties.
Indigenous SSBN Program is directly monitored by PMO and NSA Ajit Kumar Doval who has kept tight media blackout on the secretive project, due to which media coverage is bare minimum and development details on submarines are closely guarded in the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam, where they are manufactured.
INS Arihant had a soft launch in 2009 and it will be nearly 8 years for the second submarine to make its soft launch suggests that Aridaman might have gone through considerable technological upgrades and changes to accommodate new and improved systems, including its ability to carry more weapons payload.
In 2014 it was reported that hull fabrication is on for the third Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, which is yet to be named and Government plans to operationalise all three submarines by 2020-22.
Indian Government also has given go ahead to design and construct Six new Nuclear-powered Attack Submarines which will help Indian Navy increase operational availability of submarines due to considerable delays faced in Conventional submarine acquisition programs.