Salvage of INS Sindhurakshak Set to Begin

Salvage of INS Sindurakshak Set to Begin

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is about to launch the salvage of the Navy’s Kilo-class submarine named INS Sindurakshak.


Namely, the Mumbai-based Western Naval Command is expected to ink the contract and issue work orders shortly, the India Today reports.

Multiple explosions blasted on INS Sindurakshak on August 14 last year, killing 18 crewmembers aboard the submarine.

Admiral DK Joshi, the Chief of Naval Staff, last month said that three firms had been shortlisted for the salvage work adding that they could be revealed any day. It is said that the contract will be awarded to a foreign company.

Duration of the work will be about five months.

Length 72.6m
Beam 9.9m
Draught 6.6m
Displacement 2325 tons surfaced, 3076 tons submerged
Speed Surfaced: 10 knots (19 km/h),
Snorkel Mode: 9 knots (17 km/h),
Submerged: 17 knots (31 km/h)
Complement Seven officers and 61 ratings
Range Snorkel Mode: 6,000 mi (9,700 km) at 7 kn (13 km/h)
Submerged: 400 miles (640 km) at 3 knots (5.6 km/h)
Status Inactive

Naval Today Staff, January 30, 2014; Image: Wikimedia