India is thinking about increasing the number of submarines in their Navy. To help new Delhi tackle this task again can Russia: our country is ready to supply the Indians of the submarine.
We are talking about the contract “three plus three” in the amount of $ 1.8 billion. According to the contract. Russia offers the project to produce the necessary equipment for three Indian submarines of project 877ЭКМ (foreign designation – “Kilo”) and put three additional cases of submarines of class “Kilo”. Russia is considered as one of the probable participants of the competition to build six new submarines of Project 75 India.
The Russian proposal was to be considered at the annual meeting of the Indo-Russian inter-governmental technical Commission (IRIGTC), which was expected in Goa in March 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic, Covid-19. However, as soon as you remove restrictions on international travel, the Commission is likely to gather, as the increase of the submarine fleet is for India very keenly.
Command of the Indian Navy evaluates the need for submarines in the 24 units, but now in the service of the Indian Navy is only 14 submarines, of which 12 submarines have almost three decades of operation, it is nearing the end of his life. Therefore, in the Indian naval command very puzzled by the question of acquisition of new submarines.
By 2023, India will receive from the company Mazagon Docks Ltd four submarines of the Scorpene class, developed in France. However, this number of submarines for the Indian Navy needs a little. By the way, the Soviet-Russian SUBMARINES of class “Kilo” are currently the most widespread type of non-nuclear submarines, standing on the arms of naval forces of India.
In addition to the Russian “Kilo”, the Indian Navy has submarines German-made HDW and the French Scorpene. The total number of submarines “Kilo”, purchased in the USSR and Russia, the Indian Navy, is 9 units. Therefore, in the case of acquisition of additional hulls of submarines of class “Kilo”, writes Indian columnist Sandip of United not require changes in the infrastructure or the system of training of submarine crews.
By the way, India has a nuclear submarine “Arihant” and the Russian nuclear submarine K-152 “Nerpa”, which was taken by the Indian Navy on lease and is now called “Chakra”.
A major obstacle to modernization, the Indian submarines may be the sanctions imposed against Russia by the United States. India is forced to listen to the US, as has occurred with repairs to one of the Indian submarines, which delayed precisely because of our sanctions. On the other hand, the Sindhukesari submarine was safely repaired at the Zvezdochka shipyard. Modernization will help extend the life of the submarine to 35 years, in addition, the Indians managed to save a lot by requesting the repair of a submarine to Russia.
By the way, the oldest Sindhuvir submarine 877EKM, which entered service with the Indian Navy in 1988, more than thirty years ago, is now transferred to Myanmar. In recent years, this country has been implementing a strategy to build naval power in the Bay of Bengal and is also interested in the growth of its submarine fleet. Another thing is that there may not be any available funds for the purchase of new submarines from Russia in Myanmar, but the purchase of old submarines that were in operation in India is just that.