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Signs in Satellite Images Point to Potential New Indian Nuclear Submarine Facility in Vizag; Speculation on the platform – S5 SSBN or SSN program !!?

Source : IgMp Bureau

Signs in Satellite Images Point to Potential New Indian Nuclear Submarine Facility in Vizag; Speculation on the platform - S5 SSBN or SSN program !!?
INS Arihant SSBN during its sea trial in Vizag (File Photo)

Recent observations from satellite imagery have stirred discussions about a fresh construction project near Hindustan Shipyard in Vizag. Analysts are speculating that this facility could be dedicated to the development of larger nuclear submarines. What’s catching attention are notable features like a newly built dry dock, seemingly tailored for the construction of sizable vessels. This becomes even more intriguing given its proximity to the L&T Heavy Engineering, a company already involved in supplying hulls for India’s existing nuclear submarine initiatives.

The precise intent behind this new establishment remains shrouded in mystery. Some conjecture it might focus on fabricating nuclear-powered attack submarines, while others speculate it could be linked to the S5 ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) program. SSBNs are specifically engineered nuclear-powered submarines designed for launching ballistic missiles.

India’s pursuit of nuclear submarines holds immense strategic importance. Presently, the country boasts one operational nuclear submarine, the INS Arihant, with three more undergoing various stages of trials.

While the satellite images suggest a significant development, Indian authorities have refrained from offering any official comments regarding the purpose of this new facility. Further details are anticipated to emerge in the forthcoming months.

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