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Navy signs Rs 5,000 crore pact with Russia’s Zvezdochka for Kilo class submarine refit

  • The Indian Navy is looking to squeeze some more life out of its two decade old kilo class submarines, signing up a contract with Russia to extend the service life of the boats to 35 years.
  • Struggling with a depleted underwater fleet, the Navy has finalized a contract with Russian shipbuilder Zvezdochka and will be sending the first submarine for the refit in June next year.
  • the first submarine to be sent is the INS Sindhukesari that will be fitted with Klub land attack cruise missile.
  • The extensive refit, the value for which is pegged at Rs 5,000 crore for a total of four submarines, will not only extend the life of the boats but will also upgrade their combat potential.
  • The first four submarines will be upgraded at Severodvinsk in Russia, the plan is to upgrade the remaining three in an Indian yard as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
  • The Sindhukesari will be the first of the Indian Kilo class submarines to undergo the life extension upgrade to 35 years even though the Russian Navy has done this ‘second refit’ to its fleet.

Source: EconomicTimes

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