India’s Nuclear Submarine: The INS Arihant


The INS Arihant is the first operational nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) of the Indian Navy. Commissioned in 2016, the unit completed its first deterrent patrol in November 2018. But while it surely represents a considerable step forward for India, the Arihant is affected by important design flaws that limit its strategic value as a credible means of nuclear deterrence.


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