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Indian Navy Nearly Ready to Deploy Sea-Based Nukes, Commander Says

The head of India's navy has said the nation is close to realizing its goal of being able to deliver nuclear weapons from land, air and sea, the Indian Express reported on Tuesday (see GSN, June 14).

India's nuclear arsenal already includes ground- and aircraft-based delivery systems. The nation's first domestically built ballistic missile submarine, the INS Arihant, is not anticipated to begin performing "deterrent patrol' before 2013, according to an earlier report.

Ocean-based atomic armaments would provide India with "nuclear insurance," Adm. Nirmal Verma said.

“The Indian navy is poised to complete the triad, and our maritime and nuclear doctrines would then be aligned to ensure that our nuclear insurance will come from the sea,” Verma stated (Indian Express, June 26).

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