April 09, 2008

Hugo Chavez's Submarines of the Caribbean

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expects to sign a $1 billion contract next month for four brand-new Russian Kilo Class Type 636 submarines with $800 million financed by Russian state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

The deal is expected to be finalized next month when Chavez goes to Moscow for Medvedev's inauguration.

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Kilo-Class Type 636 Submarine

Unlike nuke boats, the Kilos rely on diesel-electric power for propulsion so they must regularly operate on the surface or at snorkel-depth to run the diesels. Therefore, their operating capabilities are limited. Yet, they are sneaky bastards that could cause trouble by exploiting weaknesses.

China operates two Type 636 submarines and Indonesia has two on order. More.

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