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Russia Will Participate In New Indian Submarine Tender With Its Amur 650 Class Submarines

Russia will participate in a new tender on the delivery of six
diesel-electric submarines for the Indian Navy, the state-run exporter
Rosoboronexport said.

Russia dropped out of the first Indian submarine tender in 2009.

“There is a new tender, with the new requirements, and together with
[Russia’s] Rubin design bureau we are making a proposal to India for
Amur 650 class submarines,” Azizov told reporters at IMDS-2011 naval
show in St. Petersburg on Friday.

Azizov said that Amur class is a fourth-generation vessel, and “Russia has all chances to win the tender.”

The Indian Navy said in February it will announce a global tender for
procuring six next generation submarines worth about $11 billion by the
end of 2011.

India is building six Scorpene submarines the Mazgaon Dockyards Limited
(MDL) under a deal with France’s DCNS. However, the Indian side said it
would need submarines “with better stealth capability, improved
detection range and combat management system.”

According to Azizov, Amur class subs match these requirements perfectly,
as their sonar signature level is several times less than that of Kilo
class submarines which are considered at present the most silent in the
world.

In addition, Amur 650 could be equipped with the Air Independent
Propulsion (AIP) systems on the basis of fuel cells to increase
considerably the endurance and cruise range in a submerged state.

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