Q. Consider the following statements regarding “INS Arihant”:
1. It is India’s first indigenously built nuclear submarine.
2. It is a ship submersible ballistic, nuclear (SSBN) submarine.
3. French designers assisted in building the Arihant.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 1 and 2 only

[C] 2 and 3 only

[D] 3 only

Answer: B

INS Arihant is India’s first nuclear-powered submarine.  

  • The ship submersible ballistic, nuclear (SSBN) submarine was launched at the Indian Navy’s dockyard in Visakhapatnam, which is the headquarters of India’s Eastern Naval Command.  
  • Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has inaugurated the vessel into the Indian Navy, asserted that the indigenously built submarine would be used for self defence.  
  • The name Arihant derives from two words – Ari meaning enemy and Hanth meaning destroy.  
  • Arihant, India’s first indigenously built nuclear submarine, cost $2.9bn.  
  • It was jointly developed by the Indian Navy, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam.  
  • Russian designers assisted in building the vessel. 

Source: The Hindu