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India inducts Russian nuclear submarine into navy

India inducts Russian nuclear submarine into navy

India has added a Russian Nerpa nuclear submarine to its navy, becoming the sixth country to operate underwater nuclear-powered vessels.
The ship renamed INS Chakra-II is on a 10-year lease from Russia at a cost of nearly $1 billion.
Wednesday's induction of the submarine takes India into an elite group of countries operating underwater nuclear-powered vessels. It joins the United States, France, Russia, Britain and China.
Defense Minister A.K. Antony says the submarine will strengthen the Indian navy.
Over recent years, India has emerged as one of the world's leading defense spenders spurred by rivalries with both its major neighbors _ Pakistan and China.
Modernizing its army is also part of India's ambition to become a regional and global power.


Updated : 2021-10-26 16:40 GMT+08:00