India Signed An Agreement with Russia for Leasing the Chakra III

Published on March 10, 2019
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

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