- Mar 30, 2009
From what little information i have seen in media (India Today had a report on it), this vessel seems to be a tech. demonstrator with 4 vertical launch tubes capable of carrying 4X4 short ranged or 4 long range ballistic missiles (the short ranged missiles for the initial tests).Is India planning to modify what design comes out of the ATV project to get an attack sub, as far as I am aware the ATV (what vessel comes from the program) is going to be an SSBN.
The operational SSBN will probably have a much larger number of vertical launch tubes/long range ballistic missiles (otherwise it seems like a waste of a money and resources).
As a modification of what seems to be the current ATV design SSN will benefit from the current design (VLS for cruise missiles).