RUSSIA HANDS OVER AKULA-II CLASS NERPAL N-SUBMARINE TO INDIA

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RUSSIA HANDS OVER AKULA-II CLASS NERPAL

N-SUBMARINE TO INDIA

The Deal for the Submarine leasing worth $ 920 mn :On December 30, 2011. Russia handed over the much- awaited nuclear-powered attack submarine Nepal to India on a 10-year lease, boosting the Indian Navy’s fire-power.

The name Akula means “shark” in Russian.

 
The Deal for the Submarine leasing worth $ 920 mn :On December 30, 2011. Russia handed over the much- awaited nuclear-powered attack submarine Nepal to India on a 10-year lease, boosting the Indian Navy’s fire-power. Once under the operation of the Indian navy, Akula-II has been rechristened as ‘INS Chakra’ and It will also make India only the sixth operator of nuclear submarines in the world.The handing over of the submarine to India comes soon after PM Manmohan Singh visited Moscow from December 15 to 17. INS Chakra is likely to set sail for Indian shores towards Januari­end. Over 50 Indian officers as well as scores of sailors have undergone extensive training on INS Chakra, followed by testing and acceptance trials of the submarine spread over several weeks.
INS Chakra, contrary to some reports, will not complete India’s ‘nuclear triad” since it will not be armed with long-range nuclear-tipped missiles due to internation5I treaties like the Missile Technology Control Regime. But it will help train sailors in the art of operating nuclear submarines, which will be useful when India’s own N-sub, he INS Arihant, becomes operational. Armed with torpedoes and 300-km Kiub-S
missiles, INS Chakra will also be a lethal hunter of enemy submarines and warsitps_ The Akula-II class Nerpa nuclear submarine had recently finished sea trials. The name Akula means “shark” in Russian. This class Of submarines are nuclear powered and can tire ballistic missiles. They can also remain underwater for months. The first verson of I these submarines was commissioned between 1984 and 1990 in the Soviet navy. versions were commissioned to the Russian navy in 1909s and 2000s.

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