India to Lease One More Akula-Class Nuclear Sub From Russian Navy

A file picture taken in Brest harbor, western France, on September 21, 2004, shows the Vepr Russian nuclear submarine of the Project 971 Shchuka-B type, or Akula-class (Shark) by NATO classification , the same type as the Nerpa Russian nuclear submarine


India agreed to lease the second Akula-class submarine from the Russian Navy, local media reported Tuesday citing a source in the military.

In 2010, India began a 10-year lease of the nuclear-powered attack Akula-class submarine Nerpa. After joining India’s Navy, the submarine was renamed to INS Chakra.

“India agreed to lease a project 971 submarine which will be withdrawn from the Russian Navy,” the source told Kommersant newspaper.

Akula-class submarines feature very low acoustic signatures and can carry up to 12 submarine-launched cruise missiles with nuclear warheads and a range of 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) in addition to anti-ship missiles and torpedoes.