The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) Chief of Staff has confirmed media reports that the service’s only nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), which is on lease from Russia, was recently damaged.
“INS Chakra ’s two sonar dome panels were dislodged and their replacements have been ordered [from Russia],” Admiral Sunil Lanbasaid on 1 December during a press conference. He pointed out that a joint board of inquiry (BoI) comprising IN and Russian navy officials had assessed the extent of the damage caused to the SSN, but declined to provide details.
Senior IN sources, however, told Jane’s that the sonar panels of the Akula (Schuka-B)-class SSN, which was leased for a decade from Russia in April 2012 for USD962 million, were damaged “sometime around September”.
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