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India Signed An Agreement with Russia for Leasing the Chakra III

India has signed an agreement with Russia for the leasing of a nuclear-powered attack submarine (Chakra III) for the Indian Navy for a period of 10 years.
India Signed An Agreement with Russia for Leasing the Chakra III

Details of the agreement:

  • Russia will be delivering the Akula class submarine, to be known as Chakra III, to the Indian Navy by 2025.
  • India had earlier leased two nuclear submarines from Russia- the first INS Chakra was leased in 1988 under a three-year lease and the second INS Chakra was taken on lease in 2012 for a period of 10 years.
  • Russia will lease the Akula class submarine for the period of 10 years at the cost of USD 3 billion.
  • Chakra III will be equipped with Indian communication systems and sensors, including the indigenously-developed USHUS integrated sonar system and Panchendriya sonar.
  • Chakra III get a unified submarine sonar and tactical control system, which are already in use on the INS Arihant.
  • The Chakra III will also get a refurbished hull.
  • Chakra III weighing around 8,140-ton will have a submerged speed of 30 knots and an operating depth of 530 meters and will be capable of carrying a crew of 73.
  • Chakra III will also be loaded with four 650-millimetre and four 533-millimetre launch tubes for firing Type 65 and Type 53 torpedoes with both of these torpedoes made in Russia.
  • Chakra III will be powered with 190 mW nuclear reactor.

One must know:

  • Addition of a nuclear-powered submarine is an attempt to bolster the naval prowess of the country as a counter to attempts being made by China to expand its influence in the Indian Ocean region.
  • India has already commissioned French Scorpene submarine INS Kalvari and is in the process of inducting another French Scorpene submarine INS Khanderi.

Question:

Q. India has signed an agreement with which country for the leasing of a nuclear-powered attack submarine (Chakra III) for the Indian Navy for a period of 10 years?
a. France
b. Russia
c. Germany
d. Britain
India Signed An Agreement with Russia for Leasing the Chakra III India Signed An Agreement with Russia for Leasing the Chakra III Reviewed by Shweta Kashyap on March 10, 2019 Rating: 5

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