India Foxtrot-class submarines will be retired over 35 years of service time
Indian naval equipment old Foxtrot-class conventional submarines
littleabout website reported January 24, the Indian Navy’s “Foxtrot” (Foxtrot) submarines will be retired in 2011. “Foxtrot” class submarines in service for longer than 35 years, built by Russia for the Indian Navy, Indian Navy’s first submarine equipment.
Russian Navy has been between 1995 and retired in 2001 while several “Foxtrot” class submarines. Indian Navy is currently in service as well two, one is in service in 1973, “Wheeler” (Vela) number, the other one is in service in 1974, “Wigley” (Vagli) number. The Indian military official said, “Wheeler” submarine will be decommissioned this year, and “Wigley” submarine will be decommissioned in 2011.
first “Foxtrot” class submarine keel laying in 1957, serving in 1958, the last one in the submarine building finished in 1983. Indian Navy official said the Indian Navy bought from Russia, the first four “Foxtrot” class submarines, which the Indian Navy’s first submarine equipment. Then in 1971, again from the Indian Navy bought four Russian “Foxtrot” class submarines. However, only two submarines currently only available as a six-year maintenance and modification was carried out, the first four submarines of the rapid decline in performance. Indian Navy at that time the lack of experts capable of submarine maintenance, and Russia and because of its submarine maintenance workload, so do not want the Indian submarine maintenance.
“Foxtrot” class submarine life of 45 days, only to emerge once a day to add oxygen. Has retired a “Foxtrot” class submarines have been converted into a submarine museum, currently located in India, Visakhapatnam port. (China Shipbuilding Technology and Economy Institute Wu Xiaolan)