In a big boost to India's deterrence capability, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced the completion of the nuclear triad for India.
This means that India now joins an elite group of countries that have the capability to launch a nuclear weapon from land, air and under water. The only other countries to have this ability are - the US, Russia, China and France. With the public admission, India has showcased its military prowess to the world.
While there are many countries that have nuclear weapons, including Pakistan and North Korea, the ability to launch from beneath the water's surface is something which is a real game changer.
In any warfare where submarines are involved, it becomes the most deadly asset and the biggest threat to the enemy. Submarines are difficult to spot, especially nuclear-powered submarine.
The completion of the deterrence patrol by INS Arihant is a big jump in India's defence capability. However, India continues to follow a 'no first use' policy when it comes to nuclear weapons. The nukes are purely for deterrence capability and doesn't even figure in India attack war games.