India tests Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile from INS Arihant, nuclear deterrence gets major boost

INS Arihant carried out a successful launch of a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) on Friday, a Defence Ministry statement said.
Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile launch: PM Modi addresses the crew of INS Arihant, congratulating them for completing the first deterrence patrol of INS Arihant in 2018. (File Photo)
Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile launch: PM Modi addresses the crew of INS Arihant, congratulating them for completing the first deterrence patrol of INS Arihant in 2018. (File Photo)Prime Minister's Office (Wikimedia Commons)

INS Arihant carried out a successful launch of a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) on Friday, a Defence Ministry statement said.

The missile was tested to a predetermined range and impacted the target area in the Bay of Bengal with very high accuracy, it said, adding that all operational and technological parameters of the weapon system have been validated.

The successful user training launch of the SLBM by INS Arihant is significant to prove crew competency and validate the SSBN program, a key element of India's nuclear deterrence capability, it said.

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 Defence Ministry said. (KB/IANS)

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