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November 18, 2008

Fool me once

The Indians take a pass on the Nerpa.

The Russian Navy will commission the Nerpa nuclear submarine, on which 20 people recently died, rather than sell or lease it to India, the chief of the General Staff told a Russian daily on Tuesday. ...

"The sum of $650-780 million, which Rosoboronexport and the Amur Shipbuilding Plant had negotiated over a long period of time with the Indian Ministry of Defense, will now be found in Russia, either within the state weapons procurement program or somewhere else," the Rossiiskaya Gazeta quoted General of the Army Nikolai Makarov as saying.

Now the Indians decide whether to throw good money after bad on the Gorshkov.

"Pay up $2 billion more for the aircraft carrier Gorshkov, or else we call off the deal" - that was the Russian threat on Friday. But if the Russians had expected the Indians to whimper and comply, they were sadly mistaken. Former Indian Navy chief, admiral (Retd) Arun Prakash said, "This is nothing but sheer, bare-faced blackmail."

Russia suddenly upped the price three years after it signed a $750 million contract for supplying the refurbished Admiral Gorshkov to India. However, the Navy Chief gave enough indication that India's patience with Russia was running thin.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 18, 2008 08:31 AM


We should sell (or give) the Indian Government the "Shitty Kitty". The USS Kitty Hawk is a perfectly functional aircraft carrier. The only reason it is being decommissioned is that it is the last remaining ship of its class. Throw in a squadron of F-18s while we are at it.

She is at least as good technologically as the Gorshkov and it would help to pull the Indians into our technical sphere. I would be quite happy to have 1.2 Billion Indians join the Anglosphere.

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 18, 2008 09:46 AM


Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 18, 2008 10:24 AM