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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

With six new nuclear attack submarines, India officially opens up on its undersea aspirations

RFS Severodvinsk (K 329), Project 885M (Yasen) class SSNIn a rare, official comment on the Indian nuclear attack submarine project, a top Naval officer has said that work has started on a new class of vessels after a government go ahead two months ago and the target is to shorten the developmental time to under 15 years.

While India has traditionally shied from commenting on its nuclear fleet - for years the existence of the Arihant nuclear missile submarine was denied despite a large Indo-Russian team working on the project - the Navy has ..

"The government has given approvals for six new SSNs ( nuclear attack submarines) earlier this year. We have started work but still are at the pen to paper stage," Vice Admiral P Murugesan, the Vice Chief of Naval staff said in response to a question by ET.

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