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Project 75: Russia can again help India with submarines


India thought about increasing the number of submarines as part of its Navy. Russia can again help New Delhi to solve this problem: our country is ready to deliver submarines to the Indians.

This is a three-plus-three contract worth $ 1,8 billion. Under the contract, Russia proposes to re-equip three Indian submarines of Project 877EKM (foreign designation “Kilo”) within the framework of the project and supply three additional submarine hulls of the “Kilo” class. Russia is seen as one of the likely bidders for the construction of six new Project 75 India submarines.

The Russian proposal was to be considered at the annual meeting of the Indo-Russian Intergovernmental Technical Commission (IRIGTC), which was expected to be held in Goa in March 2020, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, as soon as the restrictions on international travel are removed, the commission will most likely meet, since the issue of increasing underwater fleet It is very acute for India.

The Indian Navy command estimates the need for submarines at 24 units, but now only 14 submarines are in the service of the Indian fleet, of which 12 submarines have almost thirty years history exploitation, that is, approaching the end of their lives. Therefore, the Indian naval command is very puzzled by the issue of acquiring new submarines.

By 2023, India is due to receive four Scorpene-class submarines developed in France from Mazagon Docks Ltd. However, this number of submarines for the needs of the Indian Navy is not enough. By the way, Soviet-Russian submarines of the Kilo class are currently the most widespread type of non-nuclear submarines in service with the Indian Navy.

In addition to the Russian "Kilo", the Indian Navy has German-made submarines HDW and French Scorpen. The total number of Kilo boats purchased in the USSR and Russia by the Indian Navy is 9 units. Therefore, in the case of the purchase of additional hulls of the Kilo class submarines, as the Indian observer Sandeep Unnitan writes, no changes will be required in the infrastructure or training system for submarine crews.

By the way, India has the nuclear submarine Arikhant and the Russian nuclear submarine K-152 Nerpa, which was leased by the Indian Navy and is now called the Chakra.

A significant obstacle to the modernization of Indian submarines could be the sanctions imposed against Russia by the United States. India is forced to listen to the United States, as has already happened with the repair of one of the Indian submarines, which was delayed precisely because of US sanctions.

On the other hand, the Sindhukesari submarine was safely repaired at the Zvezdochka shipyard. Modernization will help extend the life of the submarine to 35 years, in addition, the Indians managed to save a lot by requesting the repair of a submarine to Russia.

By the way, the oldest Sindhuvir submarine 877EKM, which entered service with the Indian Navy in 1988, more than thirty years ago, is now transferred to Myanmar. In recent years, this country has been implementing a strategy to build naval power in the Bay of Bengal and is also interested in the growth of its submarine fleet. Another thing is that there may not be any available funds for the purchase of new submarines from Russia in Myanmar, but the purchase of old submarines that were in operation in India is just that.
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 24 March 2020 13: 45
    I already thought that the Indians decided to rent another nuclear-powered ship.
    For such a case, one more can be specially built.
    1. Aleksandr1971
      Aleksandr1971 24 March 2020 17: 04
      At first, I also thought so.

      But why should India buy from us relatively outdated diesel-electric submarines? After all, the Germans with might and main trade submarines 212 and 214 with VNEU. And the French with their "Scorpions".
      1. g1v2
        g1v2 24 March 2020 18: 37
        Cheap and familiar to the Indians. There is infa that a dap is going to deliver from availability. We don't need to change the halibuts anyway. If you succeed in not disposing of them, but selling them, it’s even better.
      2. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 24 March 2020 19: 14
        According to the "scorpions" as far as I read, the terms of the contract are shifting a lot, especially for those boats that are being built in India. So VNEU is still a long song.
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 24 March 2020 13: 47
    Russia can again help New Delhi to solve this problem: our country is ready to deliver submarines to the Indians.

    What options, predictions are you ready to make?
    1. Dimy4
      Dimy4 24 March 2020 14: 08
      What options, predictions are you ready to make?

      Similarly, some dances will begin again as usual with the Indians. The habits are already very unstable at the customer, they resemble Brownian motion.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 24 March 2020 14: 12
        The bazaar is big, the goods are ... and the buyer has not transferred the money.
        1. cniza
          cniza 24 March 2020 17: 33
          And the United States is sitting there without a hitch, hilling them, so we have a reason to try there.
      2. cniza
        cniza 24 March 2020 14: 13
        Nevertheless, they have money, although it is difficult to negotiate with them and sign contracts.
        1. rocket757
          rocket757 24 March 2020 21: 08
          In India, they are ready to pull everything on themselves!
          You can’t assemble the boat from some kind of kits !!! This is not a tank where they manage to mow.
  3. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 24 March 2020 13: 54
    ... will comprise three additional Kilo-class submarine hulls.

    The joke was remembered:
    "The commander of the tank corps Petka Isaev is listening!"
  4. knn54
    knn54 24 March 2020 14: 10
    The choice is very difficult: on the one hand, JOINT (i.e., technology) production and marketing of old Russian submarines. On the other hand, the sanction of the Yankees.
  5. cniza
    cniza 24 March 2020 14: 11
    Nevertheless, as soon as the restrictions on international travel are lifted, the commission will most likely meet, since the issue of increasing the submarine fleet is very acute for India.

    So we are always happy, especially if they take B.U.
  6. Pereira
    Pereira 24 March 2020 14: 18
    Give them for free, and still have to stay.
  7. prior
    prior 24 March 2020 14: 28
    We have these submarines, like shoe polish in a shoe polish factory. Why not give the Indians a dozen or two ....
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter 24 March 2020 16: 43
      Well, if only the confiscated submarine Zaporozhye.
  8. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 24 March 2020 14: 31
    Project 75: Russia can again help India with submarines

    It is strange to hear about the readiness to help India by acquiring for this ... Please remind WHAT? There are no problems about putting in long-term construction projects ... Lack of the required number of production capacities, and, most importantly, highly qualified personnel ... There is a demand for ships of rank I and the distant sea zone ... The need to reduce the modernization time of the Admiral Kuznetsov Tavkr. ..Practical 30-year oblivion and the loss of significance of the Russian fleet in the alignment of the world naval forces ... And ... a contract for $ 1. It seems that corporations and associations at the word "dollar" just forget about their true purpose ...
    And India will not build three aircraft carrier corps for Russia? belay Or will he not buy out any helicopter carriers from Egypt, with subsequent resale in the Russian Federation? belay
    Some kind of “kind”, but crafty uncle constantly pays contempt for the pre-election, and we are told tales about the power and strength of the Russian Navy, for which ships are repaired twice as long as the initial construction period.
    Verily, the Russian land will not be impoverished ...
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  10. svp67
    svp67 24 March 2020 15: 56
    Russia can again help New Delhi to solve this problem: our country is ready to deliver submarines to the Indians.
    If only another atomicar is leased, and so on, until we have VNEU on our boats, you don’t have to rely on a contract with India
  11. Viktor Afanasev
    Viktor Afanasev 25 March 2020 06: 41
    There is a lot of talk about leasing or building a nuclear submarine. What are you speaking about??? Do we have extra ships ??? Or are we building them at a breakneck speed ??? For 20 years have built ONE multipurpose nuclear submarine !!! The second has not yet been adopted ... And if we still start building the Indians, what will we get ??? And it's not about money, we have money (in the stub fund, on deposits of foreign banks, etc.). As correctly stated above - the problem is in production and the shortage of personnel ... I hope all is not lost yet and we will be able to establish shipbuilding as an industry. Old diesel-electric and new 636 - it is possible and necessary to supply other countries ... Their production is established. And for us, it is necessary to accelerate the "fine-tuning" of new projects, with VNEU. And put them on stream.
  12. Aleksandr1971
    Aleksandr1971 26 March 2020 07: 24
    How has Russia already helped the Indians with the submarine fleet? - I leased them the nuclear submarine "Pike-B" MC. And the Indians repaid Russia for this by allowing the amers to study our "Pike".
    Hindus will never again transfer submarines either for sale or for rent. And localizing production in India is also not right - just stupid technology transfer.