Friday, October 9, 2009

Nuclear sub delivery may be delayed

Moscow, Oct. 8: The delivery of an Akula-II class Nerpa nuclear submarine to the Indian Navy could be further delayed as repairs on the underwater vessel have been hit by a crash-crunch faced by the Russian shipyard.
Although the pre-delivery factory trials have been successfully completed after last November’s mishap claiming 20 lives of technical staff and crew members, the shipyard has its power supply cut for non-payment electricity bills, hampering the work on Nerpa, general director of Amur Shipyard Nikolai Povzy said on Thursday.
Russia was to deliver the Nerpa nuclear attack submarine to the Indian Navy on 10-year lease in June-July. —PTI and ASIAN AGE

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