Russia leases submarine K-152 Nerpa to India for ten years
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The Indian navy yesterday began their ten-year lease of the nuclear submarine , agreed with Russia several years ago, and secured at a cost in-excess of 900 million . Reporting on the addition to India's fleet, the announced the boat had been renamed to INS Chakra II.
Indian naval officers assumed control of the submarine at the port town of, near . Ajai Malhotra, India's ambassador to Russia, Roman Trotsenko, head of , and Konstantin Sidenko, commander, were amongst the officials attending yesterday's ceremony.
Initially planned for the lease to begin in 2009, testing failures delayed the handover — including the death of 20 sailors in aexercise where toxic gasses were accidentally released by the fire-suppression systems.
The submarine can attain a peak speed of 30 knots and has a 8,140/12,770 tonne displacement. It can be equipped with bothand Granat .
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