SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
The Chief of the Naval Staff Sunil Lanba while speaking to a media outlet, revealed that development of Indian nuclear attack submarine project which was sanctioned only earlier this year will take over 10 years to mature and as per latest media reports, Indian Navy has been told to fast-track the development and deliver the first submarine in less than 15 years from now.
Navy’s submarine design bureau which is in charge of the design and development of Six classified nuclear attack submarine project is still working out on staff requirements of the submarines and evaluating technological challenges with all stakeholders before it starts work on the design.
India’s India’s Arihant class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines took over 30 years of research and development before the first submarine was ready but the experience and expertise gained from the Arihant project now have created necessary infrastructure and supply chain that work on the nuclear attack submarine can be wrapped up in half the time.
France has agreed to help India in development of Non-Nuclear technologies for the nuclear attack submarine in lieu of orders for the Six Diesel-electric submarines under Project-75I and Russia to have made a similar un-disclosed offer if it bags Project-75 I.
Defense analysts have predicated that India’s indigenous SSNs will see the heavy influence of INS Chakra which is an Akula class Nuclear attack submarine on lease from Russia to India for 10 years, while India is in talks with Russia to lease Chakra 3 which will replace current INS Chakra in 2022, which many believe will be a old Akula class Nuclear attack submarine with upgraded technology elements from their super secret Yasen-class submarine.