Also, I doubt China will be very happy about this boat going to sea as, quite obviously, they're the logical reason for this boat to be built in the first place.
It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the new Chinese SSBN's that have been coming out in the past couple of years.
WIth a reactor on board, you can stay underwater until you run out of food for the crew. You won't run out of motive power, or air, or drinking water before you run out of food. You can literally stay submerged for months without surfacing once.
I'm not terribly afraid of India. In fact, I think they're a natural ally -- they're threatened by China more immediately than we are. And if they can carry more of the freight for patrolling the Indian Ocean and the southwestern Pacific, more power to 'em.
But on the other hand, another country with boomers means more targets to track that aren't easy to track, and as we've learned from bitter experience, many times at great cost, yesterday's friends aren't always tomorrow's.
LOL, did anyone notice that the newspaper article essentially copied the layout and format of this picture here provided by Electric Boat for the Virginia class boats for their artist’s impression.
Note the cut-away segment showing the anaechoic tiling, the reactor room (identical except for some color palette swapping), the torpedo arrangement, the launching missile, etc.