China and Russia to develop first submarine for underwater tourism
The corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences Konstantin Sivkov spoke to Sputnik Radio about such a submarine and how popular will it be once constructed.
By the end of 2017, China and a team of Russian scientists plan to complete the construction of the world's first submarine for civilian use, according to China Daily.
According to the newspaper, the submarine is being developed by the Tianjin Ostar Underwater Vehicles Co. company with the support of Russian research institutes.
As the deputy chief manager of the company, Zou Yongchunhe noted the submarine will be able to take 20 to 40 passengers and go to a depth of 24 meters.
According to him, two major Chinese travel agencies, Zhangjiajie and Beibu Gulf are quite interested in its development.
The manager said that for the development of the submarine, his company had set up a joint venture with the participation of several research institutes from Russia.
It was named Ostar Sino-Russia Joint Marine Technology Research Institute. ■