Russian nuclear submarine accident may re setback for India’s nuclear strategy (Figure)
Data Figure: Russian Akula Class -2 “Cheetah No.” nuclear submarine trials
impact of the accident
Russian nuclear submarine accident gave rise to the Indian media attention, because the accident may make India plans to lease Russian nuclear submarine the third delay.
may postpone the delivery of the third
the submarine accident, there have been reports that the victims were Indians. 10, but Indian media said the boat on the victims and the injured are Russians, not foreigners. However, the relationship between India and the submarine is still very close.
reported that the ship named “Cheetah,” the nuclear submarine built since 1991, but in the former Soviet Union, due to lack of funds forced to shut down for several years, the funds for government investment in India , re-construction work has only begun. In January 2004, India and the Russian government signed a U.S. $ 650 million secret deal, India can rent the submarine for 10 years. Later, the price rose to $ 1 billion.
due to technical reasons, Russia delivered the submarine’s time has been delayed twice. Today, after the accident occurred, on August 15 next year delivery plan may need to be washed away. The Government of India to conduct more tests before delivery.
plans to build three nuclear submarines
According to reports, if the submarine once again delayed the delivery time, India has long coveted the land, sea, “trinity” of strategic strike system will suffer new setback. Submarines equipped with nuclear warheads are considered the most lethal, the viability of the highest and most efficient nuclear strike platform. Therefore, the Akula-class attack submarines with the Indian with a full nuclear strike platform is essential.
Akula class nuclear submarines before in India in 1998 and 1992 lease between the Russian (former Soviet Union), “Charlie 1″-class nuclear submarines, nuclear submarines to the Navy to obtain operation, deployment and maintenance of first-hand experience .
Currently, India plans to build three nuclear submarines, the first of a domestic nuclear submarines under construction, scheduled for sea trials in early 2009. India currently has 16 diesel-powered submarines, and will be between 2012 to 2017 imports of six ‘Scorpene’ conventional submarines. Indian Navy’s goal is to have at least three 2015 long-range strategic missile submarines loaded.