Russia to supply nuclear submarine to India-RIA

July 1, 2011 10:23

MOSCOW - Russia will deliver a nuclear submarine to India by the end of the year, Russia's navy chief was quoted as saying on Friday by state news agency RIA.

"We shall definitely supply this vessel to the customer by the end of this year," RIA quoted navy commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky as saying.

India sees Russia as a strategic counterweight to China but New Delhi has been upset by repeated delays to major weapons orders from Moscow, including the Admiral Gorshkov heavy aircraft carrier.

Vysotsky said an fully trained Indian navy crew were ready to receive the submarine, which some Russian media reported last year had already been handed over to India.

The Nerpa, an attack submarine codenamed "Akula" -- or "Shark" -- by NATO, is usually armed with torpedoes and cruise missiles. It can go down to depths of 600 meters (2000 ft) for about 100 days. It can carry 73 people.

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