The symbolic launch ceremony for the Arihant was held on on July 26, 2009 marked the anniversary of Vijay Diwas. It has been reported that the nuclear reactor and other systems are not yet included in the submarine. Arihant is in Sanskrit and literally translates into destroyer of enemies. The completion of the INS Arihant will make India one of six countries in the world with the ability to design, build, and operate its own nuclear submarines. The submarine is reported to be similar to the Russian Charlie-II class submarine, which India leased from the Soviet Union between 1988 and 1991.
The INS Arihant, was introduced to the public on July 26, 2009 at a symbolic launch ceremony by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's wife Gursharan Kaur. the then chief of the navy admiral sureesh mehta is believed to have said that the russian help was in the form of consulting only and the sub marine is entirely indegenous..