Various speculations are being made after the return of the Indian Navy’s only operational nuclear submarine INS Chakra to Russia. Some believe it will affect the operational capability of the Indian Navy, while others believe it will weaken the Indian nuclear triad. The ability to fire nuclear missiles from water, land and air is called the nuclear triad. So let us tell you, you don’t have to worry about the strength of the Indian Navy. India signed a deal with Russia in 2019 for the second new and deadly nuclear submarine. Russia will hand over this submarine to India within the next four years. Meanwhile, India’s nuclear power at sea will be led by the indigenous submarine INS Arihant.
Russia made a deal in 2019 for a new nuclear submarine
According to 2019 media reports, India had made a secret deal with Russia for the purchase of nuclear submarines. The total cost of the operation was then $ 3 billion. Under this, India will get a nuclear submarine from Russia in 2025, which will be known as INS Chakra III. This submarine will also serve in the Indian Navy for the next 10 years as the INS Chakra. The submarine that India will get is the K-322 Kashalot of the Russian class Akula II. It is equipped with a built-in sonar system, which detects the location of the enemy from a long distance without any movement. A similar system has been installed at INS Arihant in India.
New submarine equipped with many deadly technologies to arrive in India in 2025
The Russian Navy submarine K-322 Kashalot will be overhauled before being handed over to India. This will increase the life of the submarine. Not only that, this submarine will also be suitable for the Indian subcontinent. It is said that overhaul work will be carried out at a Russian shipyard located in Severodvinsk. It is also claimed that many technologies indigenous to the Indian Navy will also be included in this submarine. In this, a communication system made in India will be installed, so that it will not be easy for another country to intercept its conversation. In fact, the greatest strength of submarines is to hide underwater. If a conversation is intercepted, the location of the submarine can be easily known.
Why Russian Akula-Class Submarines Are Considered Powerful
Russian Akula II class submarines are considered extremely powerful. The submarines of this class weigh 8,140 tons. In such situation, it is believed that the weight of INS Chakra III will also be the same. The submarine is capable of operating at a speed of 30 knots (55 km) per hour at a depth of 530 meters at sea. The nuclear submarine is equipped with four 650 mm missile tubes and four tubes of 533 mm. They can fire Russian-made Type 65 and Type 53 torpedoes. For propulsion or power, a 190 MW nuclear reactor was installed in this submarine.
India has already leased two submarines from Russia
Chakra was also the name of the first nuclear capable submarine. The submarine was the subject of a three-year lease with the then Soviet Union in 1988. The submarine belonged to the Russian class Project 670 Skat. Subsequently, the Akula-II INS Chakra-II class submarine was inducted into the Indian Navy on April 4, 2012. This submarine was also of the Akula Nerpa class which was built as part of Project 971 He was deployed with the Eastern Naval Command. India and Russia were also negotiating to extend the lease on the submarine for another five years, but that could not happen.