India is preparing to conduct sea trials of its first indigenously built nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the INS Arihant, which the navy hopes to induct into service by the end of 2014. “We expect INS Arihant to finish its harbor trials in a few weeks, or in a month or so, and then head for sea trials,” says Rear Adm. L.V.S. Babu, assistant chief of the naval staff for submarines. “All its capabilities will be tested as the third leg of the triad, the sea-based strategic ...
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