A Chinese newspaper joyfully dismissed India’s navy as “too amateurish” to operate nuclear submarines after the pride of its fleet was put out of service because of “indiscipline and carelessness” of Indian crew, according to Asia Times.
When the submarine went underwater, it was flooded when a door was left open that resulted it in flooding of the propulsion plant containing the nuclear reactor.
The Chinese newspaper, Global Times, mocked that the Arihant error has shown most of India’s armed forces are “not well-educated and lack the necessary knowledge to operate advanced weaponry”.
Global times has been posting a lot of negative things on the Indian armed forces, it also said that Indian military equipment is a hodgepodge of many mismatched technologies such as US, UK, Israel and Russia and India too added their variations.
INS Arihant was launched in 2016 and it was built with a staggering cost of $2.9 Billion to construct. It was forced back to port because a hatch was left open. When it was submerged, it flooded the propulsion plant. The propulsion compartment on a nuclear-powered submarine includes the reactor.
It was recently reported in the Hindu that, “the submarine had to spend more than 10 months being dried out and undergoing repairs at its home port of Visakhapatnam. The Defence Ministry said the 6,000 tonne state-of-the-art vessel was now back in service.”
“As a national strategic weapon, the nuclear submarine requires careful maintenance, strict management and operation. However, the sailors on the vessel failed to take good care of it,” a Beijing-based naval expert commented on the accident.
“Improvement in military technology does not come about overnight and is not solely a military issue, but is related to a country’s comprehensive strength, level of technology, manufacturing capability and quality of personnel,” said the Chinese broadsheet.