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Foxtrot to Arihant – The Story of Indian Navy’s Submarine Arm


Author: Joseph P. Chacko
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Frontier India Technology; 1 edition (21 April 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 8193005554
ISBN-13: 978-8193005552
Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm

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The Indian navy’s silent but deadly sub surface fighting arm has undergone tremendous changes since the first Foxtrot submarine was inducted into the service on 8th December 1967. The submarines have been a complex mix of diesel-electric – nuclear propulsion; Soviet – Western – Indian design; and imported – licence – indigenous build. Be it a two man swimmer delivery vehicle or deep water Kilo’s and HDW’s or blue water Charlie I and Akula II class SSGN’s or strategic Arihant class SSBN’s, the navy has operated the entire spectrum of submarine types. The grit and determination of the submariners is not just limited to fighting but also to build their own machines and fight. The submarine arm is also a bit of mystery and usually finds mentions in few pages in naval books or makes headlines during accidents. The book traces the origin and growth of the submarine arm of the Indian navy.

The book has been written in consultation with Cmde Arun Kumar, AVSM, NM (Retd.) who has served 28 years in the submarine arm and has headed critical submarine upgrade and procurement plans. In his twenty eight years of submarine career, he held various staff and command appointments. He was Commodore Commanding Submarines (East) & Commanded INS Virbahu, the submarine base in the East which is still regarded as the ‘Alma Mater’ by the submariners of the Indian Navy; commanded the guided missile destroyer Rajput; and the Submarine Training school Satavahana. His last appointment in service was Principal Director of Submarine Acquisitions at NHQ.

VAdm K.N Sushil, PVSM, AVSM, NM, ADC, Former Chief Southern Naval Command (Redt.) has written the preface. Cmde Ranjit B. Rai (Retd.) has contributed 3 chapters to the book.


    Foxtrots – The Kalvari Class
    Foxtrots – The Vela Class
    The Swedish Offer
    HDW Type 1500 – Sishumar Class
    877 Ekm – The Kilo – Sindhughosh Class
    The Indian Submarine Design
    30 Year Plan For Submarine Construction
    Scorpene – 2000
    Submarines At War – 1971
    Submarine Accidents
    The Swimmer Delivery Vehicle & Midgets
    Nuclear Submarines For India – Historical Perspective
    Leased Nuclear Submarines – Ins Chakra (Old & New)
    Indian Nuclear Submarine Project – ATV – Arihant
    P-75 India
    Submarine Rescue
    Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
    Submarine Command Structure
    Submarine Training
    Submarine Communication
    Submarine Support Vessel – INS Amba
    Key Submarine Bases and Infrastructure
    Future Indian Naval Submarines
    Vital Statistics – Foxtrot Class, INS Chakra _ Charlie, Sishumar Class, Sindhugosh Class, Scorpene Class, INS Chakra – Akula, INS Arihant

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Joseph P Chacko




Frontier India


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