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  • Indian Sub to Rejoin Navy after Club Missile Problems
    Posted by Christina Mackenzie 11:39 AM on Jul 30, 2008

    India's INS Sindhuvijay Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine will sail for home on August 5 to rejoin the Indian navy after a three-year,  €51 million ($80 millon) extensive upgrade, Russia's Zvyozdochka shipyard said.

    The overhaul was delayed for six months because of the poor performance of its new SS-N-27 Club-S subsonic cruise missiles which failed to hit their target in six test firings in autumn last year.

    The Club-S can be launched either from a 533-mm torpedo-tube or a vertical launch tube. It has a range of 160 nautical miles (220 km) and uses an ARGS-54 active radar seeker and a Glonass satellite and inertial guidance system.

    India refused to take delivery of the submarine until all the problems had been solved.

    New tests, which ended in mid-July, were successful.

    The INS Sindhuvijay is the fourth Indian submarine to be modernised at the Zvyozdochka shipyard.

    The Kilo-class submarine, reputed for its supposed quietness, has been bought by Algeria, China, India, Iran, Poland and Romania.

    Tags: ar99, India, Russia, submarines, Club

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