In a whopping deal of around $2 billion, India is all set to acquire a second class Akula 2 nuclear-powered attack submarine from Russia.
According to reports, the deal remains unannounced so far which was finalised and signed in Goa between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other defence deals worth more than $5 billion which have been made public.
The submarine will arrive in Indian waters by 2020-21. Our Indian Navy already operates an Akula 2 class nuclear submarine, INS Chakra (formerly known as K-152 Nerpa), which was leased from Russia.
Earlier, there were reports that India was keen on leasing the much more advanced Project 885 Yasen Class nuclear attack submarine, the newest class of submarine in Russia’s arsenal.
About Akula class 2
#The Akula class 2 submarine is nuclear powered and considered one of the most advanced. Akula 2 is among the quietest submarines to have been built by Russia.
#Akula is armed with torpedoes and cruise missiles, it can strike enemy ships, submarines and also targets on the land.
#The second Akula submarine which is being leased from Russia is likely to be based in Visakhapatnam.
#It will have two roles- defending India's fleet of nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines and to track Chinese nuclear powered attack submarines which are increasingly frequent visitors to the Indian Ocean.