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India to lease second Akula sub from Russia

8th March 2019 - 09:39 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The Indian government reached a more than $3 billion agreement with Russia on 7 March regarding the lease of a third nuclear-powered attack submarine. However, detailed contract negotiations of indeterminate length are expected to follow this initial agreement.

The Indian Navy (IN) will not get its hands onto the Chakra III vessel until 2025 at the earliest, since the vessel will need to be refurbished by Russia first. Indian communications systems and sensors such as the Ushus integrated sonar and Panchendriya sonar suite being fitted.

The deal reportedly includes sustainment, spare parts, training and technical infrastructure.

The submarine that India

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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