Moscow: Indian Navy will regain its
underwater warfare nuclear capability in the next 60-days with
the Russians assuring that the Akula-II class attack submarine
the Nerpa would be delivered by mid-May.
The assurance that the nuclear submarine would be
delivered "strictly on schedule" was given by top Russian
shipbuilding officials to the Prime Minister Vladimir Putin,
who is to visit New Delhi on a state visit next month.
Nerpa has been handed over to the Russian Navy for its
"The 518th project, the Nerpa submarine is currently
completing trials in the Pacific basin. We believe that we
will be able to deliver it on time, according to agreed
schedule," Chief of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Roman
Trotsenko told Putin at today`s meeting.
The Nerpa would be provided to the Indian Navy on 10
year lease and is scheduled to touch the Indian coast some
time in May under its rechristened name of INS Chakra.
The Akula-II class Nerpa submarine is one of the
Russia`s most modern, largest and quietest submarines armed
with sophisticated missiles.
The deep sea warfare vessel was hit by an accident in
November 2008 while on trial in the Sea of Japan due to
release of toxic Freon from its fire-suppression system.
In May 2009 Putin had personally flown to
Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East to inspect the
defence shipyard and had ordered to complete the project by
the end of December.