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India to Lease One More Akula-Class Nuclear Sub From Russian Navy

Sputnik News

07:55 12.07.2016(updated 08:25 12.07.2016)

India agreed to lease the second Akula-class submarine from the Russian Navy, local media reported Tuesday citing a source in the military.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In 2010, India began a 10-year lease of the nuclear-powered attack Akula-class submarine Nerpa. After joining India's Navy, the submarine was renamed to INS Chakra.

"India agreed to lease a project 971 submarine which will be withdrawn from the Russian Navy," the source told Kommersant newspaper.

Akula-class submarines feature very low acoustic signatures and can carry up to 12 submarine-launched cruise missiles with nuclear warheads and a range of 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) in addition to anti-ship missiles and torpedoes.


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