India is likely to sign $3 billion worth inter-governmental agreement to lease another Akula class nuclear submarine from Russia later this week.
The submarine hulls will be mothballed at the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk would undergo a deep refit and rebuild, to be fitted with Indian sensors, operation room electronics, and communication equipment before being delivered to India in or before 2025, Sputnik reported quoting unnamed sources as saying Monday.
"The Indian navy wants to have the intended submarine by 2023 but the modernisation of the submarine to meet India's needs including that of torpedoes and land-attack missiles will take more time,” the news portal quoted another unnamed source as saying.
An Indian naval delegation led by Inspector General (Nuclear Safety) Vice Admiral Soonil V Bhokare inspected two Akula-2 class submarines, the Bratsk and the Samara in December 2018.
The Navy single Akula-2 class submarine, the INS Chakra, was taken on a ten year lease from Russia for USD 2.5 billion in 2011.
The INS Chakra had a shorter four- year refit between 2004 and 2008 because it did not require a reactor replacement, usually the most challenging part of a nuclear submarine's overhaul.
Akula-class submarines feature very low acoustic signatures and can carry up to 12 submarine-launched cruise missiles with nuclear warheads and a range of 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) in addition to anti-ship missiles and torpedoes.
The portfolio of defence orders from India to Russia are currently standing at US$10 billion. At the recently concluded Aero India 2019 airshow, Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec Corporation) conducted a series of productive negotiations and consultations with the Indian partners on military and technical cooperation, which resulted in signing a number of contractual documents, the company said in a statement
Russia is expecting mega-deals in engine sales as India seeks to increase the number of Su-30MKI, MiG-29 fighter jets and order new helicopters. All these engines are developed and produced by the United Engine Corporation (UEC), the consortium of aerospace engine manufacturers in Russia
India has agreed to lease a second Akula-class nuclear powered submarine Nerpa from Russia. "India agreed to lease a project 971 submarine which will be withdrawn from the Russian Navy,"
With India's aspiration to operate a nuclear submarine likely to be fulfilled next year with Russian-made Akula set to join the fleet, the Indian Navy is pitching for a submarine-launched nuclear missile to boost the nation's deterrence capabilities. "With nuclear proliferation posing a greater threat along with Weapons of Mass Destruction, our unilateral policy of no-first-use necessitates that India possesses a credible and survivable nuclear deterrent including submarine-launched," Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta said in New Delhi on Saturday while delivering a lecture on Navy's vision for the future
Russian engineers have equipped the Armata heavy armored vehicles with lavatories to provide comforts to the crew on long combat missions. "Armored tanks have provision for the crew to remain inside for longer durations with food and water supplies
A Pakistani drone was shot down by an Indian Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet on Monday in Bikaner sector (Rajasthan state) of the Indo-Pak border. The "spy" drone was detected by a ground-based radar station
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