posted on Jan, 12 2005 @ 06:04 PM
Wow, this may be the first time I fully agree with you, Cowlan.
Re: the Akula-II, the correct name of the class he is referring to is the Project-971 Shchuka-B class nuclear-powered attack submarine (NATO
designation: Akula class) -- not to be confused with the older Type-941 Akula class SSBN (NATO des: Typhoon class.) The upgraded Project 971As have
the NATO designation Akula-II. I'll use NATO designations in this post.
The Akula class SSN are the most advanced nuclear submarines Russia has ever designed. The Akula-II are basically upgraded derivitives of the original
model and have a quieter propultion system.
The Akula's are hardly outdated, but they are not as advanced as the improved LA class of the USN. As is Russian style, the class is continually
being upgraded with each sub being unique, newer variants being more advanced. The reported Indian offer would be to fund and collaborate the building
of two partially constructed Akulas that have laid mothballed.
I really doubt this deal would go through. India's own SSN project, the ATV, is by reports nearing completion.
[edit on 12-1-2005 by rajkhalsa2004]