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“India agreed to lease a project 971 submarine which will be withdrawn from the Russian Navy,” the source told Kommersant newspaper.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

Brits Ecstatic With Themselves After Spotting a Surfaced Russian Sub


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 The British media gleefully reported this week that a Russian submarine had come to scare their poor little navy off the English coast. The reality, however, was far less dramatic.

 A mythical British newspaper headline supposedly once read: “Fog in Channel; Continent Cut Off.” Today, it’s invoked to describe events where “little Englanders” think everything is about them. Like the future of Europe or Spanish policy in holiday resorts, for instance.


We can now add routine Russian ship movements from northern to southern bases to this category. On Wednesday, Britain’s best-selling newspaper, The Sun, announced that Vladimir Putin, presumably personally, had sent an “attack submarine into (the) English Channel just days before England’s Russia clash at Euro 2016.”


Never mind that Putin appears to favor ice hockey to soccer, the notion that Russia would be bothered to send a sub to intimidate England’s, usually pretty rubbish, footballers is beyond absurd. Billed as an ‘exclusive’ by The Sun, the story gave the impression that the UK Navy had somehow uncovered a nefarious, secret Russian plot to wreak “hybrid war” (or whatever this month’s agreed propaganda line is) on Britain. The Sun went on to describe the vessel’s jaunt as an act of“sabre-rattling… certain to inflame patriotic passions”


Media sub-standards


Not to be outdone, the Independent, in the past a ‘quality’ paper, carried a report by the (also once- respected) Press Association, which made it sound like NATO had been stretched to the limit of its capabilities in a bid to discover the clandestine Russian mission.



The Indy and PA went on to reference an April 2015 incident where a trawler was dragged violently by its nets while fishing 18 miles off the coast of Ulster, Ireland. The copy inferred that there were “suspicions they had snagged on a Russian submarine.” In actual fact, it was revealed some time ago that it was actually a BRITISH NAVY submersible that endangered the lives of the fishermen. Indeed, British vessels have a history of intimidating and irresponsible behavior off Irish coasts.


But back to this week’s version of the “Hunt For Red October.” Even the UK Defense Secretary, Michael Fallon, got involved. He remarked:“This shows that the Navy is maintaining a vigilant watch in international and territorial waters to keep Britain safe and protect us from potential threats.”


Meanwhile, the commander of the British ship apparently “shadowing” the sub, one Daniel Thomas, claimed that “locating this submarine was a combined effort with NATO allies and shadowing such units is routine activity for the Royal Navy.”


Let’s be honest, if this was a genuine yarn, it’d be a great story. Country sends military to scare the living daylights out of a much weaker nation a few days before a big soccer game. The problem is the the tale is complete hogwash.


Now You See it


In reality, Putin, who surely has better things to be doing anyway, did not send an “attack submarine” to England. What actually happened was that the Russian vessel was traveling “up top” (ie. not hiding, but fully visible) and in international waters. In other words, a small child with binoculars traveling by ferry could spot it, without “a combined effort with NATO allies,” or even “Action Man” figures for that matter. Which makes one wonder about the competence of Officer Thomas and how such an obvious nincompoop ever achieved such a high rank in the British Navy. Unless The Sun fabricated the quote, of course, which wouldn’t be a huge surprise, given their past form.


To make things even easier for NATO’s super sleuths, the Russian sub was accompanied by a tug boat. On Wednesday, Moscow’s Defense Ministry released a statement confirming that the vessels were moving from the Arctic to Russia’s Black Sea base in Sevastopol. Anyone with access to a map and a pencil could easily figure out that passing the English Channel, which is perfectly legal, is the fastest route.


So what happened here? And why did a complete non-story become headline news in London? The presence of quotes from a serving British Naval Commander suggests that some clown in the military’s press office, probably trying to make a name for themselves, conjured this nonsense to get some attention. Sadly, however, it’s also possible that this is part of some PR campaign to promote the idea of a“Russian threat” in order to drum up support for increased defense spending. Literally “weaponizing information,” if you like.


Rule Britannia?


If this theory is wrong, and the formerly feared British military was really scared of a single Russian submarine, floating above the waterline, then its decline has been even more severe than most analysts believe. It’s known that the illusion of British martial competence was destroyed after their 2007 humiliation in Basra, but if things genuinely atrophied so rapidly since then, it would be shocking.


Let’s get this straight. A submarine traveling “up-top,” attached to a tug, is not trying to hurt anybody. Whether its an American vessel off Mexico or a British one en route from Gibraltar. Also, if Thomas’ quotes are correct, and Britain really needed to call in NATO to spot the sub, that suggests they don’t even have binoculars these days, let alone functioning radar.


On the other hand, the constant vilification of Russia in the UK media is damaging. And it continues to reach deeper and deeper depths, if you’ll excuse the pun.


By treating every Russian activity as heinous and stereotyping Russians as evil doers, they destroy any chance of Moscow and London ever repairing relations.

Russia to develop subsea robots for drilling operations in Arctic

Russia plans to tap Arctic fields using marine robots, which will be part of under-ice and subsea drilling system

© Rubin Design Bureau/TASS

MOSCOW, June 8. /TASS/. Russia’s Rubin Design Bureau is developing a preliminary design of unmanned submersibles to support construction and operation of drilling facilities in the Arctic Region, General Designer of Rubin Igor Vilnit told TASS on Wednesday.

These vehicles will be part of under-ice and subsea drilling system, Vilnit said.

“Subsea vehicles developed as part of the project are planned to perform exploration and survey work on the soil and in depth of the ocean as required during the drilling facility construction and will support safety during its operation,” he added.

A subsea robotized system for security of the Arctic sea and offshore areas is under development in Russia, Vilnit said

“An integrated robotized system intended for security of lengthy sea areas and continental shelf areas is at the proactive development phase,” Vilnit said.

Russia plans to tap Arctic fields using marine robots, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said earlier.


Russian MoD Surprised UK Needed NATO to Find Russian Submarine

Russian navy conducts submarine rescue exercise


The Russian Defense Ministry said that it was surprised the UK needed NATO to find a Russian submarine traveling at slow speed.

MOSCOW    The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday it would be “strange” if the UK navy failed to notice Russia’s Stary Oskol submarine as it slowly travelled toward the Black Sea Fleet.Earlier in the day, it was reported that that a Russian submarine had been “intercepted” as it was expected to pass the strait of Dover, thanks to joint UK-NATO efforts.

“The Russian Defense Ministry is surprised that joint UK-NATO efforts were required to discover a submarine traveling in a surfaced position at slow speed, accompanied by a tugboat. It would have been strange if the Royal Navy together with its NATO allies failed to notice the submarine, particularly considering the fact that our sailors have been greeted — according to an old tradition — by passing merchant vessels from different countries in the Barents, Norwegian and North seas over the past days,” the ministry said in a statement.


Russian Small Submarine Piranha-T to Be Presented at KADEX-2016

Piranha submarine


The Russian United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation will present its aircraft during the upcoming KADEX-2016 military hardware exhibition, the corporation’s press service said Wednesday.

The Russian United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) will present its ships and a small submarine Piranha-T used in the Caspian region during the upcoming KADEX-2016 military hardware exhibition, the corporation’s press service said Wednesday.

“At the exhibition KADEX-2016 the UIMC will show a line of naval equipment, relevant for the Central Asian region. Products of the UIMC will be represented by surface ships of different classes, as well as with a small submarine for coastal actions, Piranha-T,” head of the corporation’s press service Roman Chernigovtsev said.

He added that the specialist from the company and its manufacturing bureaus plan to discuss the implementation of existing contracts and plans for new projects with the representatives of the Kazakh Navy.

“The UIMC builds a series of offshore trawlers for Kazakhstan. According to expert assessment of the corporation, the Caspian market is also interested in acquiring patrol vessels and coast guard boats for the protection of oil and gas fields,” Chernigovtsev said.

According to him, the UIMC delegation to KADEX-2016 will be headed by the vice-president of military shipbuilding Igor Ponomarev and will bring together experts of nine enterprises and manufacturing bureaus of the naval profile.

The UIMC was created in March 2014 within the Russian state corporation Rostec as a specialized management company that combines research and production structure of Russian radio-electronic industry. As of today, the UIMC management circle comprises 55 enterprises and research institutions of radio-electronic industry.

KADEX-2016 is a biannual event and has been held since 2010. The fourth exhibition due to be held on June 2-5 in Astana will see over 300 military equipment producers from around the world showcase aircraft and space technologies, army and navy armaments, air defense systems, IT technologies and robotic systems and military equipment utilizing alternative energy sources. A total of 40 Russian companies will attend the event, including 14 Russian defense industry holdings.


Indonesia may purchase Russian amphibious planes, submarines — ambassador

Project 636.3 submarine

Project 636.3 submarine

“We’re working on these purchases,” he said.

“Relevant Russian specialists will be invited to Indonesia,” he added.

According to the Indonesian diplomat, Jakarta is interested in developing military and technical cooperation with Russia.

“Russian products in the sphere of the defense and industrial sector are no inferior to Western analogs. It is worth noting Russia’s considerable successes in the sphere of military and technical cooperation,” the ambassador said.

“We hope for close interaction in this field,” he added.

In reply to TASS’ specifying question later, the ambassador said Indonesia wanted to buy two Russian submarines.

The Russian submarines referred to the Kilo-class by NATO’s classification are Project 636 Varshavyanka diesel-electric submarines. As Vladimir Yereschenko, chief, regional department, Rosoboronexport, has told TASS at the Defence Services Asia 2016 arms show (DSA 2016), the Project 636.3  and Amur-1650 submarines, Project 11356 (Krivak-V-class) and Gepard-3.9 (Gepard) frigates and shipborne weapons are the most promising for promotion in Asia-Pacific.

“We hope that the contact with Indonesia will be one of the first contracts in the sphere of military and technical cooperation. We note great interest from foreign buyers. This interest is explained by the plane’s uniqueness and its capabilities. This is the sole amphibian jet with such functions,” president of Russia’s United Aircraft-Manufacturing Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slyusar told TASS, adding that Thailand was also displaying interest in the plane.

The Be-200ChS multipurpose plane is designed to fight fires, provide emergency aid in the areas hit by natural disasters, carry out search and rescue operations at water, make sanitary and freight carriages and monitor the environment. As the UAC press office told TASS, potential customers from South-East Asian countries were displaying interest both in the plane’s fire-fighting capacity and its capabilities to carry out patrol and search operations at sea.


Indian Navy keenly interested in Russian naval equipment — ministry

This refers both to surface and submarine fleet

Submarine of Project 971

Submarine of Project 971

© Vladimir Sayapin/ITAR-TASS

QUITOL /India/, March 28. /TASS/. The Indian Navy is keenly interested in purchasing Russian surface and submarine equipment and localization of the vessels’ manufacturing in India, Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Alexander Potapov told reporters on Monday, commenting on his meeting with the Indian Navy representatives.

The Defexpo India 2016 international exhibition is held in Quitol in the state of Goa in India on March 28-31. During the exhibition, the Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport is planning to hold talks with Indian partners to discuss joint projects for the Indian Armed Forces’ further upgrade.

The deputy industry and trade minister also said that during the exhibition he also intended to meet Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and his deputy who is in charge of industrial production and the “Make in India” concept. “I think that during these discussions we’ll outline the plans that are now being implemented and the implementation of which will be accelerated,” Potapova added.

In case of the technology transfer, the ships may be co-produced either in both countries or in India alone. India had acquired from Russia six Talwar-class frigates – three built by Baltiisky Zavod in St. Petersburg and three more by Yantar in Kaliningrad from 2003 to 2013.

All of the components of the first three Project 11356 frigates, including the Ukrainian-made propulsion plants, have been received. At the same time, the other three frigates lack propulsion plants, the production of which is to be launched by defense contractor Saturn in the city of Rybinsk under the import substitution program. Saturn can manufacture the power plants in 2019-2020 at the earliest, but the schedule does not suit the Russian Navy.