Your Evening Briefing: India's Deadly New Weapon

The Indian Navy's first Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari.

Photographer: Divyakant Solanki/EPA

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Watch out China, India has a deadly new weapon. After years of delay, India’s navy is preparing to take delivery of one of the world’s stealthiest and deadliest fighting tools: the INS Kalvari, an attack submarine named after a deep-sea tiger shark. It’s a milestone in India’s effort to rebuild its badly depleted underwater fighting force and comes as China’s military expands its fleet to nearly 60 submarines and increases its forays into the Indian Ocean.

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