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India, Russia in talks on Modernization of Indian Submarine Fleet

04/04/2016


India, Russia in talks on Modernization of Indian Submarine Fleet

(Sputnik) - Russia and India are in talks on the modernization of the Indian Navy’s “Varshavyanka” - diesel-electric submarine fleet, Rosoboronexport Deputy Director General, Sergey Goreslavsky said on March 29th, 2016.


“Varszavyanka” - the third-generation Improved Kilo-class submarines have a displacement of 3,950 tonnes, a speed of 20 knots submerged, a maximum depth of 300 metres, and a crew of 52 people.

The submarines are armed with six 533-mm torpedo tubes, mines and a Kalibr attack missile system. The can detect a target from three to four times further away than an enemy can detect them. This stealth technology has led NATO to dub the Varshavyanka the “black hole”.

Russia and India are major partners in the field of defence industry cooperation: more than 70% of the arms and military equipment used by the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy comes from Russia or Soviet Union. Russia exports arms and military equipment worth more than USD 4.5 billion to India every year. (VNA)

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