Well, kind of…
But India has finally fielded their own, homegrown, nuclear submarine, previously billed as the Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project…
“Today, we join a select group of five nations who possess the capability to build a nuclear-powered submarine,” Singh declared in his speech at the eastern naval base of Visakhapatnam.
True statement. Not many people have the capability to field this kind of technology. The interesting part of the launch was this statement:
“I would also like to express our appreciation to our Russian friends for their consistent and invaluable cooperation, which symbolizes the close strategic partnership that we enjoy with Russia,” Singh remarked.
Makes you wonder how much the US and Russia have invested in various parts of the Indian infrastructure.
The real thing here is that building one submarine (even with outside help) is one thing. Operating, maintaining, and training is an entirely different thing. This is where you find out that making the big leagues is hard, but staying on the team is even harder.