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The Navy’s INS Sindhuratna which underwent a major upgrade in Russia reached Mumbai after sailing for 97 days and almost 10,000 miles.

When was it commissioned in the Indian Navy?

It was commissioned into the Indian Navy in December 1988.

Why did it undergo a major upgrade?

INS Sindhuratna had gone for an upgrade in Severodvinsk, Russia after a major accident in February 2014.

To which category does INS Sindhuratna belong to?

  • INS Sindhuratna is a Russian Type 877EKM diesel-electric submarine also popularly called a NATO-defined Kilo-class sub.
  • Eight of the Navy’s diesel-electric submarines are Kilo class or Sindhughosh class from Russia (and the former USSR), sourced between 1984 and 2000 and INS Sindhuratna is among the oldest Kilo-class submarines in the fleet.

India is the world’s biggest importer of arms according to SIPRI. (A Stockholm based organisation which provides data about arms trade). India’s dependence on other countries should reduce with time especially in a crucial domain like arms equipment. This will definitely further our push for Atma Nirbhar Bharat.

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