I have read also that the Kursk will be raised during the northern summer, but as this article mentions, funding will have to be attained for this operation.
But really...what degree of accuracy is there in blaming the Kursk on a foreign sub? Or is this one of those cases in which we will never know.
If anyone knows the name of the British sub which was scrapped this year, and for what reason, I would be interested to find out a bit about it.
Kursk collided with foreign sub, expert thinks
By Ivan Yegorov, Strana.Ru
Vice-Admiral Valery Dorogin, coordinator of a group of Duma deputies that forms part of the state commission investigating the causes of the Kursk tragedy, thinks the most probable cause of the disaster is a collision with a foreign submarine.
In his words, there is "a huge number of indirect signs" confirming his supposition. Specifically, it is known that there was a foreign submarine "leaving the area of our exercises at a very slow speed" soon after the Kursk hit the bottom in the Barents Sea.
Besides, a suggestive fact is the sudden scrapping earlier this year of a British submarine although it was only 12th in a line of vessels slated for disposal, he holds.
The governmental commission regards collision with a WWII floating mine the least likely explanation, he said.
According to Dorogin, there were about 40 tons of debris from the Kursk brought to the surface in the course of last year's rescue operation, including parts of different instruments and mechanisms, torpedo tubes, torpedoes, the right rudder blade, and chunks of the hull. All of these are being studied by the commission.
Speaking about the force of the explosion is the fact that a 40-millimiter-thick torpedo tube cap is curved inwards. Hit by the explosion, the door of the classified paperwork room that was found in the fourth compartment looks like a propeller, he said.
In his words, the commission members have practically no doubts that an explosion equal to 100kg of TNT that wrecked the first compartment was caused by components of fuel of one of the torpedoes. A second and much more powerful explosion equal to about one ton of TNT was due to a fire that started in the first compartment.
Sailors who were in the first four compartments died almost instantly. As far as the crewmembers in the stern compartments are concerned, they might have survived for another 6 to 9 hours, he said.
"Obviously we will never know what caused the first explosion. Even the submarine's salving won't help," he claimed.
The first compartment, where the blast struck, is totally destroyed. Besides, the first compartment's bulkhead reacted like a piston that wiped off everything in its path as far inside as the fourth compartment. There is nothing in place of the rather bulky instruments that used to stand in the compartments, he explained.
Although the original cause of the disaster will remain obscure even after the sub is brought to the surface, the operation must be persisted with, Dorogin thinks. In his words, the cruiser must be lifted, first, because the bodies of the crewmembers are still on board, and, second, for research purposes in order to see how the reactors behaved being exposed to so powerful an explosion.
He rated the work done by Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov's commission as very professional. At the same time, he expressed concern over the financing of the rescue project.
He knows the job will cost the Russian side $25 million. The international community is ready to provide another $50 million. But the financing is being delayed. Duma members of the state commission have sent a relevant inquiry to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov.