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A belated post from last month:


India Launches Second Ballistic Missile Sub

The Indian Navy’s second nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine was quietly launched in November.

By Franz-Stefan Gady
December 13, 2017

The second Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), the future INS Arighant (originally assumed to be named Aridhaman), was quietly launched at the Ship Building Center in Visakhapatnam in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on November 19, India’s Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman revealed this week, according to local media reports.

The launch of the Indian Navy’s second indigenously designed and built SSBN comes a little over a year after the commissioning of the lead boat of the class, the INS Arihant. The Arihant-class’ design is based on the Russian Project 971 Akula I-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN). Both the Arighant and Arihant were built with extensive Russian design and technical support.


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