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India and Russia have started negotiations on renting an atomic submarine To 322 "Sperm Whale" of the project 971 "Pike-B" for a period of 10 years
India and Russia have begun negotiations on the lease of the Project 322 Shchuka-B nuclear submarine K 971 Kashalot for a period of 10 years. The ship can be delivered to the customer as early as 2018, subject to the signing of an agreement by the end of this year, according to a source of Interfax in the Russian military-industrial complex.
According to him, 3 year will be needed for the completion of the "Kachalot" at the Amur Shipyard in accordance with the requirements of the Indian Navy, its testing and training of the Indian crew.
As previously reported in EastRussia, In 2012, India has leased ten years of nuclear submarine from the project 971 "Nerpa", the cost of which is 980 million dollars. Upon the adoption of the atomic submarine in the Indian Air Force, it was named Chakra.
In December, 2014, after the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India, the year, information appeared that India was considering taking a second nuclear submarine from the 971 project "Pike-B" from Russia for leasing. The information was transmitted in the local newspaper Times of India from the words of Manohar Parric, the head of the defense department of the country.
However, similar reports appeared in 2013 year, but were immediately refuted by the Russian side.
The submarines of the 971 project have many advantages: perfect equipment, powerful armament, strong soundproofing and at the same time simplicity and low cost.