Submarine deal boosts Sino-Russian military cooperation

2012-12-27 05:25:13 GMT2012-12-27 13:25:13(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

The Chinese have expressed strong interest in Russia’s Lada-class Amur submarines, Russian business daily Kommersant and the Voice of Russia reported.

Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport has signed a framework agreement with China on the joint development and construction of four non-nuclear Amur-1650 conventional submarines for the Chinese Navy.

The contract, worth $2 billion, is expected to be finalized by the parties around 2015. Russian media and experts predicted the two countries may go much further on cooperation in the field of submarines.

A source close to Rosoboronexport disclosed the Russian arms exporter signed the contract with the Chinese side as early as in August. According to the agreement, two of the submarines will be built in Russia and two in China.

The contract includes special provisions which stipulate "China cannot copy Russian technology."

Analysts say introducing Russia’s state-of-the-art submarine technology through joint design and production will help enhance the combat effectiveness of the Chinese Navy submarine force. The Amur class submarine will hopefully provide the Chinese Navy with a powerful platform for waging undersea warfare.

At present, the Chinese navy is equipped with many types of conventional submarines, in addition to the nuclear submarines it already has. The “Undersea Fleet” leads other Asia countries both in terms of size and strength.

Russian experts believe China’s fleet of submarines is the largest in the world. However, it should be noted that Japan, India, Vietnam and other countries are also stepping up the expansion or construction of their submarine force, and most likely with China in mind.

 

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