Sunday, July 26, 2009
India Joins Nuclear Sub Club
Today India became only the sixth country to launch it's own nuclear-powered submarine, joining an exclusive club alongside the U.S., Russia, China, France and the UK. INS Arihant (which means "Destroyer of Enemy") is the first of a planned class of five vessels. Armament will include 12 nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, dramatically increasing India's nuclear deterrent capability and ability to retaliate after a first-strike.