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Russia Offers India Joint Construction of New Diesel-Electric Submarines—Defense Cooperation Service

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-07-11

Russia is offering India to jointly develop a new diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) class based on the Russian Amur-1650 SSK, the deputy director of the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation, Vladimir Drozhzhov, said on July 9.

 

The tender for the supply of submarines to the Indian Navy Moscow offers New Delhi joint construction rather than licensed production of the boats, which is more profitable in technological terms, Vladimir Drozhzhov, deputy director of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told reporters.

 

India has announced a tender for the purchase of six diesel-electric submarines armed with land attack and anti-ship cruise missiles, in which Russia participates with Project 636 and 1650 Amur-class vessels.

 

"We offered India to build a submarine on the basis of our Amur-1650 project ... We do not offer licensed production, we propose to jointly design the boat and jointly build the lead vessel," Drozhzhov said.

 

According to the official, the Indian side will possess all the technological possibilities for the construction of the series after that.

 

"Naturally, such cooperation would involve the transfer of all technologies for its creation. Moreover, we offer the installation of the BrahMos missile system on this boat. This project can be successfully implemented in the interests of the two countries," Drozhzhov stressed.

 

The joint SSK project would reportedly involve a significant transfer of military technology from Russia to India that would go beyond usual license-production agreements.

 

Last month, India’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) said it was seeking to domestically construct six SSKs equipped with air-independent propulsion systems (AIP) under the ministry’s long-deferred Project-75 India (Project-75 I).

 

The Amur-1650 is the export version of the Project 677 Lada-class. The total contract value is estimated at around $6 billion.



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