INS Sindhurakshak, Russian Kilo-class Type 636 diesel electric submarine (SSK) of the Indian Navy (IN) exploded on Wednesday in dockyard in Mumbai. Around 18 sailors of the Indian Navy are feared to be trapped inside the burnt submarine.

INS Sindhurakshak caught fire after the explosions and it too Indian fire fighter around four hours to bring it under control. Explosions and the resulting fire was so intense that it fused the INS Sindhurakshak’s hatchways, making rescue efforts even more difficult.

This submarine was handed over to Indian Navy in January this year after it was refurbished by the Russia's Zvezdochka shipyard at the cost of $80 million. The Sindhurakshak diesel electric submarine was outfitted with Russian-made Klub submarine-launched anti-ship missiles.

It is the same submarine which caught fire in February 2010 which resulted in the death of a sailor while it was the Indian Visakhapatnam port in Andhra Pradesh. Indian Navy’s submarine force was already depleted before this accident and only 9 of its diesel electric submarines are considered to be fully operational.

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