As first reported by HT on August 16, the navy has sought foreign help to retrieve the submarine. Five international firms are bidding for a contract to salvage the 16-year-old boat. The work will begin only after the tender is awarded.
2 Dutch firms had taken four months to salvage Russian nuclear submarine Kursk after it exploded and sank in Barents Sea in August 2000. Defence minister AK Antony had told Parliament on August 19 that the explosions that sank the boat were caused by “possible igniting” of its weapons.