India interested in Russia’s newest rescue vessel - media

India is interested in Russia’s newest rescue vessel, Project 21300, the Economic Times reported on Monday citing the Admiralty Shipyards’ General Director Alexander Buzakov.

India is interested in Russia’s newest rescue vessel, Project 21300, the Economic Times reported on Monday citing the Admiralty Shipyards’ General Director Alexander Buzakov.

"We have received certain enquiries from the Indian Navy and are paying attention to these when offering our own products. We have also held a presentation for the Indian Navy on board the first vessel of Project 21300 at our shipyards", said Buzakov.

According to information from the Economic Times, India’s interest in Project 21300 was raised, since the Indian Navy currently does not have a rescue vessel should there be an incident with an Indian submarine. Furthermore, in such an event India would depend on American rescue equipment, which will need to be specially delivered by air.

The first ocean going rescue vessel of Project 21300, Igor Belousov, was built at Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg and will be accepted by the Russian Navy at the end of 2015.

The vessel is designed to provide assistance to submarine crews in case of emergencies when grounded or located underwater, supplying oxygen, electricity and rescue equipment to submarines and surface vessels.

The vessel will have on board the latest rescue equipment, including underwater devices, decompression chambers and also medical equipment to provide emergency care to submarine and ship crews in distress.

First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.

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