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INS Chakra Nuclear Submarine Launch in 2009: India's first locally built Nuclear Submarine INS Chakra

India will launch its fist locally developed nuclear submarine INS Chakra soon. The submarine which costs $2.9 billion and weighs 5,000-ton was developed under the ‘Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV)’ project at Visakhapatnam.

The launch of the submarine will make India the sixth country in the world to make a nuclear submarine. The new nuclear-powered submarine is said to be a based on the Russian Akula-I class submarine. Its nuclear reactor has been developed at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research at Kalpakkam.

The INS Chakra ATV will carry submarine-launched ballistic missiles, which were recently tested in the Bay of Bengal.

Earlier Indian Navy has operated another nuclear submarine, by the name INS Chakra, leased from Russia for three years between 1989 and 1991.

The submarine is set to be launched on July 26th (Vijay Divas) or August 15th (Indian Independence Day) as per reports

With inputs from Reuters, Financial Times, Indian Express, Times of India, India Today

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