26
Aug
10

India Joins The Nuke Sub Club

The worlds largest democratic nation took another step on it’s journey to develop a blue-water navy. India has taken delivery of a Russian Akula class nuclear attack submarine. Though this program has been on and off for some 12 years now, it marks another milestone on India’s path to playing with the big boys.   India, United States, Russia, China, France and Great Britain are the only nations possessing nuclear-powered submarines.

From The Times of India:

NEW DELHI: With India all set to get the K-152 Nerpa submarine from Russia on a 10-year lease towards end of this year, Indian sailors have begun training on the nuclear-powered attack submarine.

Nerpa quietly left its base on Russia’s Pacific coast earlier this week, with over 50 Indian sailors on board, on what will be an extensive and complex process of training, testing and acceptance trials spread over several weeks before the Akula-II class submarine is commissioned into Indian Navy as INS Chakra.

The ‘Charlie-I’ class nuclear submarine India had leased from Russia from 1988 to 1991 was also named INS Chakra but the expertise gained on it was steadily lost since Indian Navy did not operate any other nuclear submarine thereafter.

Nerpa’s lease flows from an agreement inked between New Delhi and Moscow in January 2004, with India funding part of Nerpa’s construction with an initial sum of $650 million. The final lease and training agreements were finalized during Russian PM Putin’s visit.

The Akula is a Soviet design, carried forward by the Russian navy, and a good, solid attack submarine.
What with this new lease, India is likely to proceed with it’s lessons learned from both this boat, and the earlier Charlie-I Class it leased and develop and eventually produce it’s own nuclear powered submarines. This is to be expected, and falls in line with India’s concerns about encroachment by China into it’s sphere of influence.
India is rightly concerned with China’s growth and the expansion of it’s blue-water Navy, along with China’s apparent desire to push the United States out of the Eastern Pacific and Indian Ocean as the major Naval Power there.  Frankly, considering the naivete currently masquerading as Foreign Policy by these United States, India is well advised to develop her own defenses, as she is likely to be unable to call upon United States assistance in the event of a showdown between her and China, or any other major player.
We in these United States would do well to support our democratic friends in India, but it is to be seen whether that sort of thing will even register with those currently occupying positions of leadership in The US State Department, let alone the White House.

Akula Class Submarine

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3 Responses to “India Joins The Nuke Sub Club”


  1. 1 ewok40k
    August 26, 2010 at 07:55

    Indian democracy is all but perfect, but compared to Chinas iron hand of the Party and Pakistani islamic madness, it is a paradise of freedom. Many dont remeber that India was British Empire’s biggest source of manpower. God speed to Indian Navy and may it always serve the people, not the leaders ego.

  2. 2 Quartermaster
    August 29, 2010 at 20:41

    The boat in the pic needs a bit of yard time for a re-paint. It doesn’t appear to have anechoic tile either.

    The problem with Soviet/Russian boats is they aren’t as quiet as ours. And if I were Indian, I’d want American Tech, particularly with the Russians providing the tech foundation for Chinese boats.

    Our State Dept. however, has blown a lot with India over the years, and it will be tough to make up the losses.

  3. January 10, 2011 at 19:44

    Tim,

    Nice photo of the Akula. Quiet boat. Although I’m sure they have their problems, their saving grace is that the US has no intention of maintaining enough of a Navy to hinder them in the near future. We just don’t have enough ships anymore, and the next Navy war is going to be a bloody one.

    I sure hope we can find the ways we need to beat them. Because a body can pretend to care, but they can’t pretend to be somewhere.

    The whole Navy is too small.

    Subsunk


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