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Indian Navy Takes Over Russian Nerpa Submarine
India added teeth to its submarine fleet and became the world's sixth operator of a nuclear-powered submarine when Russia's K-152 Nerpa nuclear-powered attack submarine was handed over to the Indian Navy at a ceremony in the far Eastern Primorye territory of the Russian Federation on January 23, 2012. The submarine, with NATO codename Akula-II, will be on a 10-year lease with Indian Navy till 2022 under a contract that was signed between the two countries worth over $900 million, according to Indian Navy sources.
India and Us to Hold Various Military Drills in 2012 Beginning With ‘Yudh Abhyas’
India and US are all set to launch their combat exercise named ‘Yudh Abhyas’ in India and enhance their interoperability through these series of wargames in March this year. India. Meanwhile, the US tanks to be used for this military exercise have arrived in India. This will be the first instance of the US deploying their tanks in India and the exercise will be in the Mahajan field firing ranges in Rajasthan desert.
Indian Navy’s First Nuclear Submarine to Arrive End of the Month
The Indian Navy has taken possession of the Akula-II class Nerpa submarine which it is leasing from Russia for 10 years. The Nerpa nuclear-powered attack submarine, to be re-christened INS Chakra, has set sail for India from far-east Russia, making India a part of the nuclear submarine operators' club in the world besides Britain, France, Russia, China and the US. The 8,000-tonne Nerpa submarine being leased from Russia will be India’s first nuclear-powered attack submarine.
Decision on Multi-Role Transport Tankers for IAF Shortly As Trials Wrap-Up
The commercial bids related to the procurement of six multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) are expected to be opened shortly as trials have been carried out successfully. The MRTT deal is worth around $ 2 billion and involves European conglomerate EADS and Russia’s Rosonboronexport. Both the contenders have successfully fielded their tankers, namely the EADS-built Airbus Military A 330 MRTT and the Russian Ilyushin IL-78.
Race for Supplying Helicopters on Lease to the Indian Coast Guard
American Sikorsky and Indian firm OSS are in race for supplying helicopters on lease to the Indian Coast Guard for surveillance and reconnaissance operations to upgrade its capacity post-Mumbai attacks. "Sikorsky has offered us its S-76 Charlie and the OSS-- which is a private India-based aviation firm, is offering us Agusta Westland AW-109 platform for a period of eight years," Coast Guard sources told to defencenow.com.
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