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Representational image | India’s kilo class submarine INS Sindhuraj during the Malabar 2020 exercise in the Bay of Bengal | Photo by special arrangement

Ballistic missile submarine Arighat in final stages of trials, to be commissioned early 2021

Once Arighat is commissioned, India will have two operational SSBNs that are equipped with the 750-KM range K-15 missile, designed for retaliatory nuclear strikes.
Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi | Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

Why India and China haven’t used the ‘N’ word throughout the Ladakh conflict

For avid nuclear analysts, the India-China watch has been rather boring, whereas nuclear noises emanate from Islamabad every time there's a skirmish with Pakistan.
INS Arihant at sea

India’s K-4 submarine-launched ballistic missile aces second test in a week

The missile has a range of 3,500km, with 'almost all parts of Pakistan and several areas of China within its reach'.
A photo released by the Press Information Bureau, showing a missile launch from under the sea (representational image) | Commons

India test fires K-4, a 3,500 km nuclear-capable missile meant for Arihant submarine

K-4 is the most potent missile that India can fire from a submarine, giving the country unprecedented second-strike capability and huge deterrence power.
PM Narendra Modi | Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

PM Modi has spoken. With INS Arihant, India is no longer a reluctant nuclear power

Modi’s statement on INS Arihant is a marked departure from India’s past stance on nuclear weapons.
PM Modi with eminent members of his cabinet

INS Arihant is a strategic asset but has little utility for India in conventional conflict

Modi govt’s self-complimentary message on INS Arihant does not obscure the fact that the submarine alone isn’t enough.
Indian Ministry of Defence

India’s planning for future wars almost completely ignores the nuclear threat

After INS Arihant, India needs to seriously reevaluate its nuclear deterrence policy.
File photo of INS Arihant at its launch ceremony in 2009 | Ministry of Defence

India slams Pakistan for expressing concern over deployment of INS Arihant

India's foreign ministry said that Pakistan's comments expressing concern over INS Arihant are coming from a country where 'tenet of responsibility' does not exist.
Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi with the crew of INS Arihant | @narendramodi/Twitter

INS Arihant may be ready, but India shouldn’t pop the champagne bottle yet

INS Arihant deterrence patrol is a significant milestone, but one nuclear submarine isn’t enough to keep Pakistan and China at bay.
Vasundhara Raje | @vasundharaBJP

Rajasthan BJP’s birthday wish to Modi critic sets off grapevine in poll-bound state

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Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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