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The Arihant nuclear ballistic submarine

India says its nuclear sub made its first patrol — and that it’s a ‘fitting response to … nuclear blackmail’

India's first domestically built nuclear-powered ballistic-missile sub, the INS Arihant, recently made its first deterrent patrol, New Delhi says.
A photo illustration of the future USS Columbia (SSBN 826).

Small errors could create a big problem for the Navy’s next ballistic missile submarine

The Navy needs to start building its new Columbia-class submarines by 2021 in order have them patrolling the world with nuclear weapons by 2031. Given the complexity of the program, however, a minor problem could have a big effect on that timeline.