Nuclear submarine Arihant completes first deterrence patrol mission
The success of INS Arihant gives a fitting response to those who indulge in nuclear blackmail, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India’s first nuclear armed submarine INS Arihant had successfully completed its first deterrence patrol, heralding India’s entry into an exclusive club of powers with land, air and sea-based nuclear weapons delivery platforms.
“India is a land of peace," Modi said. “Peace is our strength, not our weakness. Our nuclear programme must be seen with regard to India’s efforts to further world peace and stability," he said.
India’s hunt for a nuclear submarine began in the 1970s but it was only in the 1990s that it launched the Advanced Technology Vessel programme, under which the Arihant came into being, to build submarines capable of launching nuclear weapons.
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