INS Arihant successfully launched Submarine Ballistic Missile.

The indigenous ballistic missile nuclear submarine INS Arihant successfully fired a nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in the Bay of Bengal on Friday MoD stated.

“The missile was tested to a predetermined range and impacted the target area in the Bay of Bengal with very high accuracy. “

“All operational and technological parameters of the weapon system have been validated,” the MoD said in a press statement on Friday.

“The successful user training launch of the SLBM by INS Arihant is significant to prove crew competency and validate the SSBN programme.”

A robust, survivable and assured retaliatory capability is in keeping with India’s policy to have ‘credible minimum deterrence’ that underpins its ‘no first use commitment,” the Ministry said.

The Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project, secretly produced the first indigenous nuclear-powered ballistic missile capable submarine in India, INS Arihant, launched in 2009 & commissioned in 2016.

The INS Arihant and its class of submarines are designated as "SSBN," which is the hull classification mark for submarines that can carry nuclear-powered ballistic missiles.

The Strategic Forces Command, a division of India's Nuclear Command Authority, is in charge of the SSBN's activities while the Navy is in charge of operating the ship.

India is now the sixth nation, after China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, to have nuclear-powered submarines equipped with ballistic missiles.