Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Zvezdochka signed sub contract with Indian Navy

The Zvezdochka yard in Severodvinsk has signed a contract with the Indian Ministry of Defence on the service and modernization of the “Sindhurakshak” diesel-powered submarine.The contract is the first ever negotiated by Zvezdochka without middlemen, Regnum reports.The Zvezdochka yard had been responsible for service of Indian subs since 1997.

The “Sindhurakshak” is one of India’s ten Sindhughosh-class diesel-electric submarines, an Indian variant of the Russian Kilo class subs. They were designed as part of Project 877, and built under a contract between Rosvooruzhenie and the Indian Ministry of Defence.

According to Wikipedia, the submarines have a displacement of 3,000 tonnes, a maximum diving depth of 300 meters, top speed of 18 knots, and are able to operate solo for 45 days with a crew of 53. The final unit was the first to be equipped with the 3M-54 Klub (SS-N-27) antiship cruise missiles with a range of 220 km.Source

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