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September 23, 2017
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Stealth Frigates’ Deal with Russia by year end

By Vinay Shukla September 2017

INS Trikand

Moscow. India and Russia are expected to ink the final contract for the supply of four stealth frigates of Project 11356 by the end of this year, a top Kremlin official said. Under the agreement inked during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s annual summit talks in Goa last October with President Vladimir Putin, India had agreed to buy four stealth frigates, two of which were to be completed at a Russian shipyard, while two others are to be built at Goa Shipyards under Make in India programme.

“As far as these frigates and their delivery are concerned, we hope that all final contracts will be signed by the end of this year. Under the terms of the contract we are to build the frigates. India is to purchase the power plants on its own. We know that the power plants will be Ukrainian, but that’s the customer’s realm of responsibility. India confirms that it is moving in this direction.

We will honour our obligations regardless of the circumstances,” Russian presidential aide for International Military-Technical Cooperation, Mr Vladimir Kozhin told state news agency TASS. The two stealth frigates, also known as the Talwar or the Admiral Grigorovich class, were under different stages of construction for the Russian Navy at the Yantar Shipyards in Kaliningrad, but due to Ukraine’s refusal to sell gas turbines for them, their future was in limbo as it would take some time to fully develop them indigenously by Saturn engine plant.

Earlier a senior Rostec Corporation executive, Mr Viktor Kladov had told the local media that the yet-to-be concluded contracts would be based on the two plus two formula: two frigates will be built in Russia and delivered to India off the shelf, while another two will be built at the Goa Shipyard in collaboration with Yantar.

The Indian Navy already has six guided missile stealth frigates of project 11356 – INS Talwar, INS Trishul, INS Tabar, INS Teg, INS Tir and INS Trikand built in two batches of three each at Baltiisky Zavod, St. Petersburg and Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad.




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