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Russia to deliver N-submarine to India by year-end


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Russia to deliver N-submarine to India by year-end

Moscow, May 11: Russia is expected to deliver the Akula-class nuclear-powered submarine to India by the end of this year as the shipyard has repaired the damage caused by the mishap during sea trials in November in which 20 sailors and technical staff were killed.

"The repairs are complete and the vessel is technically ready for the resumption of sea trials," an official of the Amur Shipyard was quoted as saying by Interfax.

According to the director of the shipyard Nikolai Povzyk the "aim is to deliver the vessel by the end of this year."

"We are completing the enrolment of trial team, which will have to finish trials and deliver the submarine to the Indian side by the end of this year," Povzyk said.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today announced plans to provide funds to the Amur Shipyard for the completion of the Indian order. However, details of the funding were not known.

Russia was to deliver the Akula-II Class nuclear attack submarine to the Indian Navy on a 10-year lease in June.

However, due to the November 8, 2008 mishap, which took place during sea trials, it was deferred.

At least 20 people were killed and 21 injured in the disaster, Russia's worst naval accident in nearly a decade, which was caused by accidental triggering of fire suppression system in one of the submarine's compartments.
 

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A very good article LF Sir, nice find, I hope that delivery of the Akula class should come in the stipulated time frame.

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hmmm good news nice to see akula (chakra) finally coming.
 

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Putin steps in, n-submarine for India by year-end

India is all set to get its first new generation Akula-II class nuclear attack submarine by the year-end, bolstering its Navy’s undersea capability manifold. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered delivery of the submarine to the Indian Navy and has sanctioned $300 million for speedy completion of the project.
 

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What a surprise. Many killed in a sea trials disaster before it is even commissioned.
Who the hell would want to sail in that? You call this good news?
More junk. Get you wallet out India and buy Western.
 

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No western country is offering nuclear subs, sailor. Also, it is good news as I guess this sub is going to be training platform for ATV crews which are like to be commissioned in coming years.
 
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According to Jane’s, Akula-II multi-purpose submarines are considered to be the quietest nuclear submarines manufactured by the Russian Federation, and their operational diving depth is 1,476 feet. What makes the boats, presently in service with the Russian Navy, a potent sea-based threat is their SS-N-21 Sampson cruise missiles (submarine-launched version of the Kh-55 Granat/AS-15 Kent), capable of carrying a 200-kiloton Russian-made nuclear warhead to a distance of more than 2500+ km. Moreover, Russia’s Akulas are also armed with SS-N-15 Starfish and SS-N-16 Stallion anti-ship missiles, similarly capable of delivering a 200-kiloton payload, and 533 millimeter (mm) and 650 mm torpedoes. In order to fire these weapons, the Akula-II class boats have eight torpedo tubes (both 533 mm and 650 mm) and an additional six external tubes of 533 mm. [51]

The guidelines of the MTCR, however, restrict Russia from transferring the SS-N-21 Sampson cruise missile, whose capabilities are above the MTCR’s 300-km range restrictions. There appears to have been no discussion between Moscow and New Delhi of transfer of the SS-N-21; reports in both the Indian and Russian press as far back as 2002 have indicated that India has considered arming any leased Akula-II boats with the conventionally armed SS-N-27 Club (Novator Klub) anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) instead. [52] Export of all missiles of the Club family (of which 3M-14E is a land-attack version, and 3M-54E and 3M-54E1 are the anti-ship versions) is compliant with MTCR guidelines, as their range is below 300 km and their payload is below 500 kilograms (kg). [53]

If armed with the short-range Club, the Akula-II attack submarine could potentially fill the Indian Navy’s anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare missions. However, given the multi-purpose nature of the boat, the SSN could, in theory, eventually serve as the third leg of the Indian nuclear triad, provided it were fitted with long-range nuclear-armed land attack cruise missiles. [54] The September 3, 2007, article in India Today asserted that the Chakra would be armed with “indigenously built nuclear-tipped cruise missiles with a range of over 1,000 km.” [55] However, while India is reportedly developing two long-range submarine-launched cruise missiles – the Sagarika and the Nirbhay – these systems are not likely to enter testing until well after the summer of 2008, when the Akula is reportedly scheduled for induction. (For more on India’s missile programs, see “India and Pakistan Missile Race Surges On,” WMD Insights, October 2007.)

A further option that could be under consideration, although it has not been discussed in the press, is modification of the Akula-II to serve as a test-bed for the submarine-launched version of the BrahMos cruise missile, produced by the Russian-Indian BrahMos joint venture. With a range of 280-kilometers, however, it could not serve as a long-range land-attack system in its current configuration. [56] Moreover, deploying the 670-mm diameter BrahMos would require modification of the 533-mm and 650-mm torpedo tubes of the Akula-II SSN, from which cruise missiles are typically launched.
 

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What a surprise. Many killed in a sea trials disaster before it is even commissioned.
Who the hell would want to sail in that? You call this good news?
More junk. Get you wallet out India and buy Western.
Care to find out the reason for the Mishap! It was a Sailors Fault last time I read. Care to correct though.
 

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Thanks for the link Pintu, but Wiki is not so reliable regarding these matters...... I was looking for some inside news. :wink:
 

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^^^ True, Kommunist , I agree on that but till I find it near hand, however , what our Defence Minister said is very much encouraging and great and on that account I opined.:wink:


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What a surprise. Many killed in a sea trials disaster before it is even commissioned.
Who the hell would want to sail in that? You call this good news?
More junk. Get you wallet out India and buy Western.
It is different thing sailor, west has to come a long way in getting the kind of trust. Remember the first sub in 1990's the charlie class SU has leased it and trained our navy in using the nuclear propulsion. That one had also met with accident. But yet it remained with IN for 3 years. And who from west is ready to part with a nuclear sub?
 

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you can only speculate on the subs....you will never know the truth because the navy never talks much about its subs. As FDR said..."....I like Submarine commanders....They dont have time for bullshit, neither do I"
 

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you can only speculate on the subs....you will never know the truth because the navy never talks much about its subs. As FDR said..."....I like Submarine commanders....They dont have time for bullshit, neither do I"
More so, if the sub is a boomer, but cant say the same about politicians. :D (FDR was one, I believe)
 

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ITS COMING IN THE FALL


Russian Navy to commission Nerpa submarine in fall - source | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

MOSCOW, June 2 (RIA Novosti) - A nuclear attack submarine involved in a fatal accident during sea trials last year will be commissioned by the Russian Navy in the fall and then leased to the Indian Navy, a source said on Tuesday.
The Nerpa nuclear-powered submarine was undergoing sea trials in the Sea of Japan on November 8 last year when its on-board fire safety system went off, releasing deadly gas into the sleeping quarters. Three submariners and 17 shipyard workers were killed. There were 208 people, 81 of them submariners, on board the vessel at the time.
"Following new official state sea trials in the summer, the sub will be put in service with the Navy in the fall of this year," the Russian naval source said.
He added that the Nerpa would be leased to the Indian Navy shortly after the commissioning, and said India had paid over $500 million for a 10-year lease of the 12,000-ton nuclear attack submarine.
Indian media have reported that the construction of the vessel was partially financed by the country's government.
The construction of the Akula II class Nerpa nuclear attack submarine started in 1991, but was suspended for over a decade due to a lack of funding.
Akula II class vessels are considered the quietest and deadliest of all Russian nuclear-powered attack submarines
 

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