The Defence Ministry, in a statement sad on Friday that INS Arihant carried out a successful launch of a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM).
The missile’s impact on the target location in the Bay of Bengal was made with a high degree of accuracy after being tested to a predetermined range. The weapon system’s “all operational and technological characteristics have been checked,” according to the ministry.
The INS Arihant’s successful SLBM user training launch is vital to demonstrate crew competency and validate the SSBN programme, a crucial component of India’s nuclear deterrence capacity.
It is consistent with India’s objective to have “Credible Minimum Deterrence” that supports its “No First Use” pledge to have a strong, resilient, and assured retaliation capacity.