India finally gets her Akula

After 17 years of waiting, India is finally getting the AKULA from Russia that those in the submarine force have been hearing about for ages.

Seems it’s on a Ten Year Lease

India will get its first Akula class Russian nuclear submarine in 2009, equipping its navy with the quietest and lethal underwater war machine after a gap of 17 years to enhance its blue water capabilities.
Factory trials of the multi-role nuclear submarine, christened INS Chakra which India-will get on a 10-year-lease, commenced on June 11 at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur shipyard and will be followed by sea trials, Russian defence sources said, adding it will be delivered by September 2009.

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3 Responses to India finally gets her Akula

  1. blunoz says:

    So when the Indian Navy guys need some tech support on the submarine, will they have to call some Russian 1-800 tech support number and just get forwarded to a customer service rep in India?

    I wonder what sort of MOA the Indians and Russians have for QA and maintenance???

  2. Fast Nav says:

    Ahhh…. the devil IS always in the details isn’t it?

  3. FIZO says:

    wouldnt worry abt that, India and Russia have dealt with transfer of far complex hardware than nuke subs.

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