The Indian edition of The Hindustan Times, citing informed sources, reported that the Russian-made submarine of the Indian Navy S 72 Chakra (nuclear multipurpose submarine K-152 "Nerpa") is returning to Russia, as its 10-year lease expires
She is already underway, accompanied by a Russian large anti-submarine ship and a rescue tug, although the crew on her is Indian.
This submarine (serial number 518) was originally laid down in 1989 for the Soviet Navy, but was completed for India by a 2000 agreement. The publication also reports that negotiations to extend the lease of this particular "Nerpa" for another five years have not yielded results.
True, this "Nerpa" will subsequently be replaced under the signed Russian-Indian agreement on the transfer to India for a long-term lease of another nuclear-powered multipurpose submarine of Project 971 from the presence of the Russian Navy. The cost of the agreement is estimated at $ 3.3 billion. This boat was tentatively named Chakra III and will be transferred to Inlia after repairs and modernization in 2025. The lease term will be at least 10 years.
Most likely, the nuclear multipurpose submarine K-295 "Samara", which was introduced to the Russian Navy in 1995, will also be transferred to India. And also after renovation and modernization.