Skip to comments.Akula nuke submarine to be delivered to India by May
Posted on 02/18/2010 7:14:36 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Indian Navy will regain its underwater warfare nuclear capability in the next 60-days with the Russians assuring that the Akula-II class attack submarine the Nerpa would be delivered by mid-May. The assurance that the nuclear submarine would be delivered "strictly on schedule" was given by top Russian shipbuilding officials to the Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is to visit New Delhi on a state visit next month. Nerpa has been handed over to the Russian Navy for its sea trials.
"The 518th project, the Nerpa submarine is currently completing trials in the Pacific basin. We believe that we will be able to deliver it on time, according to agreed schedule," Chief of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Roman Trotsenko told Putin at today's meeting. The Nerpa would be provided to the Indian Navy on 10 year lease and is scheduled to touch the Indian coast some time in May under its rechristened name of INS Chakra.
The Akula-II class Nerpa submarine is one of the Russia's most modern, largest and quietest submarines armed with sophisticated missiles. The deep sea warfare vessel was hit by an accident in November 2008 while on trial in the Sea of Japan due to release of toxic Freon from its fire-suppression system. In May 2009 Putin had personally flown to Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East to inspect the defence shipyard and had ordered to complete the project by December
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In b4 the gratuitous, largely uninformed wisecracks about the poor quality of Russian engineering!
Isn’t Aluka Nuke a brand of ukelele made in Hawaii?
Incidentally, I’m pretty sure that it’s generally considering a bad thing for a submarine to “touch the coast,” Indian or otherwise.
I thought it was a drink
Why is it a good thing to be in before that occurs ?
The K-152 Nerpa (Russian: К-152 «Нерпа») is a 8,140-tonne (8,010-long-ton) Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO: Akula II) type nuclear-powered attack submarine. Construction was started in 1993, but suspended due to lack of funding. K-152 Nerpa was launched in October 2008 and entered service with the Russian Navy in late 2009. The submarine will eventually be leased to the Indian Navy in 2010 as recommissioned INS Chakra.Great engineering at work!
While K-152 Nerpa was undergoing sea trials in the Sea of Japan on 8 November 2008, an accident caused the deaths of some twenty sailors and injury to twenty-one others. A fire suppression system discharged gas in the bow of the sub, suffocating civilian specialists and navy crew members.
I thought it was some kind of bud the Dog the Bounty Hunter smokes
In 2008 there was an accident of a Nerpa class submarine that killed 20 people
“In Its First Trials the Submarine Nerpa Leaked at the Seams”. Komsomolskaya Pravda. 9 November 2008.
Given that it usually only takes about 30 seconds, preemption requires highly fortuitous timing.
Alexander Golts: This submarine was under construction for about 15 years. I was told at the Amur shipyard that they started to build it either in 1991 or 1993. The shipyard’s director was on the verge of tears as he told me that they had installed the nuclear reactor on the Nerpa but that he didn’t have the money to power up the reactor plant to anything over standard operating temperature. The boatyard had no finances to take the new submarine to the Russian Navy’s nuclear reactor facility at Bolshoi Kamen to test the full capacity of the reactor.
I am sure that most of the people who worked on building this submarine for 15 years were lacking experience, or had simply lost their skills. In the 1980s, this shipyard turned out submarines one after the other, like pancakes. But over the last 15 years they made just onethe Nerpa. The old specialists had left, the new ones lacked professionalism. I wonder if the crowd of engineers on board at the time of the accident were given oxygen masks at all.
“On 12 February 2003, Dechaineux was operating near her maximum safe diving depth off the coast of Western Australia when a seawater hose burst. The high-pressure seawater flooded the lower engine room before the hose was sealed off: it was estimated that if the inflow had continued for another twenty seconds, the weight of the water would have prevented Dechaineux from returning to the surface. The RAN recalled the Collins class submarines to base after the incident, and after engineers were unable to determine the flaw in the pipes that caused the incident, instructed that the maximum safe depth of the class be reduced.”
Incompetent Australian engineers, LMAO, amirite?
People post the same type of derisive comments every time there’s a thread that mentions Russian military hardware, its actual capabilities and record notwithstanding.
How many years was the Dechaineux in shipyard waiting to be completed? Since the Nerpa spent FIFTEEN years in construction, due to poverty on the part of Russia, it suffered. More than HALF of the original Akula class are no longer in service.
You may be impressed by Russian garbage, I am not.
Why? Unlike the Akula class garbage, all of RAN Collins class are still in service, sortie regularly and are expected to serve for years to come.
I’m just surprised the Russians are exporting the Akula-II. Isn’t that a front-line SSN? They must really be hurting for cash.
Each crew member will be issued a lead jock strap for the shakedown cruise...
And US subs have had to have rework done before ever being launched as well........but of course that was not lousy engineers, was it?
I wonder what the Swedes’ are paying sailors to man that ship.
Only the brave and the stupid.
I guess if they guaranteed that my family would be set for life maybe i’d do a 6 month tour.
Whoops, Meant the Ausies.
Got a little confused there...
Time for bed.
Sure, but the engineering is the totality of the work. You may embrace Russian garbage, not me.
I wonder if we’ll be selling more P-3s to Pakistan?
This is factually untrue, actually, though part of the problem is that the RAN has a manpower shortage.
You can assume all Russian hardware is garbage, I do not.
You have trouble with english, eh comrade? Where did I say “ all Russian hardware is garbage”?
OTOH, the Akula Class is plagued with garbage.
Nice sidestep on US subs having similar episodes.........dismissed.........
What US sub took 15 years to get out of the shipyard dock? What modern US sub had more than HALF of it’s initial run out of service in the first two decades?
>In 2008 there was an accident of a Nerpa class submarine that killed 20 people
In the case of incident described above it’s was sailor’s fatal error (the human factor), not technology failure
Of course wrapping around the Russian flag as usual.
The problem was not with the Akulas, but the rather the fact that the Russian government had no money to spend on any equipment. Most Russian ships, aircraft and tanks took years to build back in the 1990s. While it took almost 10 years for the Russian navy to get a Neutrashimmy class frigate and a handful of SU-27s and 32, the Chinese and Indian navies got Russian industries to deliver their ships in about 3-4 years in addition to hundreds of SU-27/30s.
Some Australian newspapers say that only two out of the six Collins class boats are available for service.