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INS Arihant. By [email protected] – Gagan. Created on MS Paint, Attribution.

My latest at the Diplomat takes note of some recent difficulties with INS Arihant (the Indian Navy’s sole nuclear ballistic missile submarine) and expresses some concern at the unusual trajectory of the Indian SSBN project.

As news emerged of an accident that may have damaged INS Arihant, it’s worth considering just how difficultgetting a sea-based nuclear deterrent off the ground (or under the sea) can be. India has embarked on the pursuit of an SSBN force much differently than any previous nuclear power, and even other navies have struggled to make it work.

 

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