Moscow: India`s fifth Kilo class
diesel-electric submarine INS Sindhurakshak has arrived at a
Russian shipyard for an overhaul under a recent contract, the
shipyard company said Thursday.
The INS Sindhurakshak would be the fifth Indian
submarine to be upgraded by Russia`s Zvyozdochka shipyard at
Severodvinsk on White Sea.
The submarine is being upgraded under a direct
contract between the Zvezdochka shipyard and the Indian
Defence Ministry, signed on June 4, 2010.
Russia has built ten Kilo class submarines for India
and has already overhauled four of them at the Zvezdochka
shipyard in the north of the country. One submarine is being
retrofitted at Vishakhapattanam, ITAR-TASS reported.
The upgrade program includes a complete overhaul of
the submarine, including its hull structures, as well as
improved control systems, sonar, electronic warfare systems,
and an integrated weapon control system.
The upgrade is reported to cost around USD 80 million,
RIA Novosti added.