Moscow, Aug. 14 (PTI): The Russian shipyard that upgraded INS Sindhurakshak has said it had installed advanced weaponry, both Indian and foreign, to enhance the submarine’s “combat capability and safe operations”.
Zvyozdochka, part of the Unified Shipbuilding Corporation that specialises in repairs and recycling of nuclear submarines, had signed the contract for Sindhurakshak in 2010. It has modernised five diesel electric submarines for the Indian Navy since 1997.
The firm and its partners are now continuing repairs and upgrade of a similar vessel in Visakhapatnam, a report by Russian news agency Itar-Tass said.
Seven Russian specialists in Mumbai to service the Sindhurakshak were at a hotel at the time of the explosion last night and were reported to be “safe”.
“All seven Russian specialists, five Zvyozdochka employees and two from partner companies who had serviced the submarine are safe and sound. They were in a hotel when the accident occurred,” a Zvyozdochka spokesperson, Sherbinina, said.
Zvyozdochka said it had signed the Sindhurakshak deal three years ago with India’s defence ministry for maintenance and upgrades. The craft arrived there in August that year, was revamped and sailed to Mumbai in January this year.
The Severodvinsk-based shipyard said today a modern Klub-S missile system was installed on the submarine along with more than 10 Indian and foreign systems, including the Ushus hydro-acoustic and the CCS-MK-2 communication systems.
“The coolant system has been modernised; a Porpoise radar has been installed and other works have been carried out to enhance the submarine’s combat capability and safe operations,” Russian news agency Itar-Tass quoted a Zvyozdochka official as saying.
In June last year, the submarine was floated out after a key phase of repairs. In November-December, it successfully completed performance trials and the tests of torpedo and missile armaments at firing ranges in the White Sea.