New Delhi: As India achieved a remarkable feat of completing a 'nuclear-triad' after the reactor of its first nuclear submarine INS Arihant went critical, the Information & Broadcast Ministry released a YouTube clip which contained a single photograph of what it wants you to believe is the Arihant SSBN.
The government did a blunder as the picture it posted was of a US submarine and not INS Arihant. It was a photograph of a US Navy Ohio-class submarine in the officially released video. The video is however deleted now.
INS Arihant is India's first indigenously-developed nuclear-powered submarine. India joined the likes of US, UK, France, Russia and China after the 'vessel went critical'.
China's vessel is under the process of developing its own nuclear-powered submarine. But it has yet to conduct deterrent patrol.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated scientists and defence personnel on the reactor on India's first nuclear submarine INS Arihant going critical, calling it a "giant stride" in the progress of the country's indigenous technological capabilities.
A nuclear-powered submarine, capable of firing nuclear weapons is the third leg of the 'Nuclear-triad' of land, air and sea launched nuclear weapons envisaged by India's nuclear doctrine of 1998. The submarine is expected to be ready by the year 2014.