Moscow, Aug 14: The Russian firm that had revamped INS Sindhurakshak, the submarine that sank in a Mumbai dock with 18 sailors on board following an explosion, said on Wednesday that the vessel was in a fit condition at the time of return to India in January this year.
According to a agency report, sources in the Zvezdochka shipyard where the submarine was refitted said certain issues were raised by experts at the time of inspecting INS Sindhurakshak at the Severonisk port on the Barents Sea. They, however, added that no objections were raised on India's behalf about the state of the submarine at the time of return.
The firm had reportedly signed a contract for a light overhaul and modernisation in June 2010 and the refitting was completed in January this year. A new Club rocket complex and various systems, both Indian and foreign, were fitted on the ship, it said.
Eight Zvezdochka staff members reached the Mumbai dockyard where the vessel exploded on Wednesday. The vessel is still covered under a Russian warranty. The firm said it had no idea about what had caused the explosion.