DATELINE: VLADIVOSTOK Dec 28
The Amur shipbuilding plant has been delivered the Nerpa nuclear submarine to the Russian Navy, Interfax was told on Monday.
“The ceremony of transferring the submarine to the Russian Navy has just ended. Pacific Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Konstantin Sidenko attended the ceremony,” an Amur shipbuilding plant spokesman told Interfax.
The plant’s press service earlier told Interfax that the last stage of the Nerpa state trials ended on December 25.
“The main stages of trials have been completed and the submarine confirmed its reliability and full conformity to the tactical and technical parameters of the project,” the spokesman said.
The Nerpa submarine is expected to be leased to the Indian Navy in the spring of 2010, a source in Russia’s defense sector told Interfax-AVN in early September.
The Nerpa (Project 971 Shchuka-B, or Shark by NATO classification)
is a third-generation submarine, which carries torpedoes, torpedo missiles and Granat cruise missiles with a range of 3,000 kilometers.
Such submarines have a displacement of 8,140/12,770 tonnes. Their maximum speed is 30 knots and maximum submersion depth is 600 meters.
They can function autonomously for 100 days and are operated by 73-member crews. Fifteen such submarines have been built since 1984.
According to Indian media, the Nerpa (which will be renamed to Chakra) submarine will be leased to India for ten years under a $650 million contract.
Twenty people died on November 8, 2008 during trials for the submarine when the fire extinguishing system was activated accidentally.
In September 2009 the submarine completed the third stage of sea trials and in mid-November state trials began.
The boat will be handed over to India in the spring.