India moves toward n-triad with reactor
In a major step towards India attaining its long-awaited nuclear weapons triad, the reactor on board the country's first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant was activated early Friday, paving way for its deployment.
“The reactor in INS Arihant is functioning well. It will be shut down later to study the reports generated,” said Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) chairman RK Sinha, and added that the design was unique as compared to a land-based reactor.
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre director Sekhar Basu said, “After a reactor goes critical (beginning of the nuclear fission process), it is shut down to check the reports. Then the reactor physics experiments will be done.”