Vizag, Oct 27: A Russian team has arrived in Vizag to join the investigation to reveal the mystery behind damage to India’s nuclear submarine, INS Chakra. The submarine had suffered a damage, however, its nuclear reactor was intact. The Russian administration that had leased the nuclear submarine to India for 10 years in 2011 for $600 million had sent a formal message to India saying that it was not satisfied with the probe report of Indian investigators regarding, and that it would like to launch its own probe.
The Hindu reported that the damage to the submarine was greater than in what was in public knowledge. The sonar dome in the frontal area of the submarine had sustained a hole of dimensions five feet by five feet. However, the damage was not serious, and the nuclear reactor was not damaged at all. The damage was only contained to the outer hull. (Also read: INS Aridhaman, Navy’s Latest Nuclear Submarine, Set For Sea Trials)
The report said that the authorities in India had appointed a three-member team for an official inquiry. The team said that the damage was due to technical issues. It was speculated that the damage was caused by a minor accident during movement. The Russian side, however, was not satisfied with the findings of the three-member panel. That wrote back requesting for permission to launch their own probe into the matter.
The joint team will file reports in New Delhi and Moscow after duly investigating the cause of the damage. However, they said that the damage was not serious. The submarine was docked for several weeks in the submarine base INS Virbahu in Visakhapatnam.
INS Chakra’s previous name was Nerpa. It is made in Russia and is nuclear-propelled, hunter-killer class submarine. It is different than the conventional submarines that India had as the conventional submarines have to come to the surface to charge its batteries, however, INS Chakra can remain below the surface as long as its handler wants.