No delay in acquiring Russian nuke sub: Indian Navy

January 23rd, 2009 - 8:21 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) The Indian Navy said Friday there was “no delay” in its acquisition of a Russian nuclear-powered submarine though technical glitches could push the delivery back.”There is no delay as far as we are concerned (in acquiring an Akula-class submarine). I don’t know where these reports have appeared,” Indian Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta told reporters on the sidelines of a defence function here.

“The only delay is that it has to go for tests after the incident (in which a number of Russian sailors were killed when poisonous gas was accidentally released during the submarine’s sea trials last November),” Mehta added.

Answering a question on the construction of six Scorpene submarines in India, he replied: “The project is well on time.”

The first of the French-designed submarines is currently being built at Mumbai’s state-owned Mazagaon Docks Limited (MDL).

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