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Russia seeking USD20 million to repair IN's leased SSN, says report

13 February 2018

Moscow is believed to be demanding more than USD20 million from the Indian Navy (IN) to repair the damage suffered by the ‘Akula’ (Schuka-B)-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) that the service leased from Russia in 2012 for a decade, The Hindu newspaper reported on 13 February.

Citing unnamed defence sources the paper stated that Russian officials have informed the IN that INS Chakra ’s damaged sonar dome panels would be replaced at India’s naval base at Vishakhapatnam on the country’s east coast.

The newspaper also quoted Russia’s Ambassador to New Delhi, Nikolai Kudashev, as saying that Chakra is expected to resume operations “in the near future”.

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