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India-Russia pact over nuclear submarine

India signs up for second Russian Akula-Class Nuclear Attack Submarine

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Oct 19 2016 9:55AM | Updated Date: Oct 19 2016 9:55AM

India-Russia pact over nuclear submarine

India and Russia have signed an agreement for the Indian Navy to acquire a second Russian Akula-2 class nuclear-powered attack submarine. India already operates a Russian Akula-2 nuclear submarine under lease from Russia since 2011.


India already operates Akula 2 submarine under lease since 2011. Thid deal was not publicly announced in Goa, where it was signed alongside a host of big-ticket defence deals between India and Russia, on sidelines of BRICS summit.


Vedomosti columnist Alexei Nikolski however quoted "According to a source in the Russian defence industry, the long discussed lease to transfer a multipurpose Project 971 nuclear submarine to India from the Russian Navy was signed in Goa."


With the 10-year lease of this submarine likely to end in a few years, New Delhi was looking to close a deal for a second submarine of this class. Apart from nuclear submarine, the India-Russia pact includes other defence deals as well.