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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

INS CHAKRA SNAPPED ON ITS RETURN JOUNEY TO RUSSIA

The Russian language website TASS quoting a source in the Russian “military-industrial complex” had said that “The explosion of a high-pressure air cylinder on the Chakra submarine… occurred in the spring of 2020.” The report claimed the high-pressure air cylinder was located between the two hulls. In addition to the damage to the hulls, the explosion also damaged “electronic weapons and hydro-acoustic equipment”.

The TASS report claimed “after the emergency, Indian technical specialists completed the repair of both hulls of the submarine,” following which it was sent to Russia. But this report now has been withdrawn by the TASS and also said that the details in the report that went viral in the Indian media was not only withdrawn but also had inaccuracies .

INS Chakra-II, an Akula class Nuclear attack Submarine on a 10-year lease from Russia, was returned nearly 10 months before the end of this lease agreement leading to speculation that the ship suffered some level of damage that required intensive repairs at a Russian facility due to which it was returned before leasing agreed terms expired

Some Indian media reports had indicated that maintenance-intensive INS Chakra-II had being suffering from multiple issues with the nuclear reactor of the submarine, that was one of the reasons why the submarine’s return was preponed to Russia.

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