Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Indian Navy Crew Undergoing Training Onboard K-152 Nerpa Attack Submarine

Russian news agency RIA Novosti quotes a Russian Navy Staff Admiral confirming that a K-152 Nerpa attack submarine will be leased to the Indian Navy by October 2011. The quote was made with the condition of anonymity.
Previous reports had indicated that the submarine was already delivered to India. However now it appears that an Indian crew is undergoing training on-board with Russian instructors.
"The submarine is completely ready for transfer. An Indian crew is currently training aboard with Russian instructors,"
"This should be completed before October: We're running late as it is,"
The USD 900-million lease contract was drawn up after Moscow and New Delhi struck a deal in January 2004 where India agreed to fund part of the Nerpa's construction. The Nerpa was originally scheduled to be inducted into the Indian Navy as INS Chakra by mid-2008.