New Delhi: In a major boost to its
underwater strike capabilities, India will receive its
Russian-origin nuclear-powered Akula II class submarine next
The nuclear submarine `Nerpa` will arrive Vishakhapatnam
next month on a ten-year lease, Defence Ministry sources said
The submarine is scheduled to arrive at its home base
Vishakhapatnam in the second half of March, they said, adding
the deal is worth USD 920 million.
An Indian crew had set sail with the the Akula II class
rechristened as INS Chakra to India at the end of January.
After the `INS Chakra` joins the naval fleet, it would be
for the first time in more than two decades that the Indian
Navy would have a nuclear attack submarine. This will also
propel India in the elite league of six nations operating
India is also working on developing indigenous nuclear
submarines of the Arihant class. The first submarine named INS
Arihant was launched for sea trials recently and is expected
to start operational patrols by the end of this year.
The Navy will have three submarines of this class
by the end of this decade.
India already possesses or is in the process of
developing a family of nuclear-capable missiles including the
Agni series, Prithvi variants, naval missile Dhanush, and