Leasing is good but at the end they will pay a lot to destroy the ship and refurbish it. Just sell it to indians for the same money as for leasing and let them pay for any extra work. And the sub won't last for more than 15 years anyway. They are like 3 generation behind since there is Yasen, yasen M and now Husky coming.
Genius.... and in ten years time when it comes time to scrap it the lowest bidder will be an American company that is offering to pay them 500 million to do the job... brilliant...
In terms of design and performance they are better than LA class US subs, so they are comparable to Sea Wolf and that newer one... what is it called again?
Akulas are an obsolete class of SSNs.
With a decent upgrade with all new sonar and electronics it could easily be better than any current western SSN and it is certainly faster and deeper diving than any western SSN already.
If they put Zircons in it and had it sitting off the Cuban coast it would be an excellent distraction from what other newer subs were doing around the place.
They could sail it around the UK and tie up the entire Royal Navy... how can that be obsolete?
And that it will take 5-6 years and US$ 3 billion to refurbish before it can be leased to India clearly proves that it is in such a run down state that it will take tons of money and a huge amount of time to get it up and running (if at all).
The 3 billion is the lease... the refurbish will be removing anything they don't want India to see or use or anyone operating with India might see, but will be a tiny fraction of the lease price otherwise they will be leasing it for free.
This will be good income for Russian subcontractors and I suspect the 5-6 years is a chance to see how close India will get to the US in order to damage China.
Jesus holy fuckin' Christ,
Calm down mate, the US media has been working on these guys since birth... the fact that he comes here to find alternative voices makes him one of the smart ones...
Being wrong does not indicate intelligence levels in any direction.
Of course being proven wrong and doubling down on those same beliefs anyway does indicate a lack of grey matter.
....Mir living up to his name...