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Amur class submarine offered to India
The Russians have offered India its latest Amur class submarine to boost up its undersea warfare capability by purchasing up to six non-nuclear submarines with an option to expand the deal with transfer of technology to build more such submarines in India.
India is on the verge of floating global tenders for an estimated $11 billion deal. The Indian Navy has already sent requests for technical specifications to a number of countries including Russia, Germany, Spain and France who have already shown interest in the deal. Russia’s biggest arms trader Rosoboronexport said it would bid for the tender.
Indian Navy proposes to have a undersea force of 24 submarines by 2015, as part of the Project 751. India already has 10 Kilo-class submarines and has set up a line to manufacture French Scorpene Submarines at Mazagoan docks in Mumbai, the first of these submarines are expected to roll out by 2012.
Amur class submarines are an upgraded version of Indian Navy’s Kilo-class submarines.
Amur class submarines are designed for both anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare. Its armaments include 16 tube launched torpedoes and also has a capability of launching cruise missiles. The main advantage lies where India could use its BrahMos cruise missile with the submarine. The submarine is equipped with 6 torpedo tubes and can take a crew of 35 people. Its depth of submergence is 300 metres, and its endurance is 45 days.
The Amur 1650 submarine has been developed by the Rubin Central Design Bureau of Naval Technology on the basis of the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines, the most low-noise submarines in the world.
Rosoboronexport officials were quoted by TASS as saying that the submarine could be fitted with AIP fuel cells to considerably improve its submergence endurance and range. “The company will surely take part in the tender, and it will bid with its Amur 1650 non-nuclear submarine,” an official said.