Russia allocated $4.2m to raise K-159

Publish date: October 27, 2003

Russia increased its defence budget for the current year allocating $4.2m to raise the nuclear submarine K-159.

However, Dutch Mamout alone received $64m for raising Kursk nuclear submarine, which rested 100m deep, while the rusty K-159 is buried at 240m depth. Additional resources have to be found for the next year salvage operation. Earlier Russian Navy Commander Kuroyedov promised to raise the submarine by Autumn 2004. The salvage operation is preliminary scheduled for August-September 2004. The Russian Shipbuilding Ministry, the Nuclear Ministry, and the Ministry of Defence signed am agreement about planning operation on K-159 raising. The Malakhit design bureau was assigned responsible. The project of the salvage operation should be approved in the first quarter of 2004, Kuroyedov said at a press conference in Moscow. Recently he signed a decree about launching expedition to the place of K-159 catastrophe.

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