In­dia and Rus­sia to dis­cuss sec­ond N-sub lease

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

In­dia and Rus­sia are to shortly be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions on the least of a sec­ond nu­clear at­tack sub­ma­rine for the In­dian Navy. In April last year, the Navy wel­comed the INS Chakra into ser­vice in Visakha­p­at­nam, an Akula-II class boat. The sec­ond boat is likely to be com­pleted, up­dated Iribis, an Akula that was only half con­structed but aban­doned as a re­sult of paucity of funds.

In 2003, orig­i­nal ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween In­dia and Rus­sia had en­vis­aged the leas­ing of two sub­marines—both the Nerpa and Iribis, though the lat­ter was fi­nally dropped, while Nerpa be­came the Navy’s sec­ond INS Chakra. The Iribis, which goes with the work­ing ti­tle Chakra III for the mo­ment, will be the sec­ond of a plan of three nu­clear at­tack sub­marines the navy has planned for, in ad­di­tion to five bal­lis­tic mis­sile boats of the Ari­hant and Ari­hant+ class. The INS Chakra cur­rently in ser­vice with the Navy’s eastern fleet has been on nearly non-stop patrol since its in­duc­tion in April last year, and the Navy is re­ported to be very sat­is­fied with its ca­pa­bil­i­ties and per­for­mance.

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