Topic: Russia-India partnership
NEW DELHI, December 30 (RIA Novosti) - The second of three stealth frigates that Russia builds for India at the Yantar Shipyard in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad arrived at the port of Mumbai, an Indian Defense Ministry source said on Sunday.
The source did not specify whether an official ceremony of the frigate’s reception would be held.
Russia and India signed a $1.6 billion contract on construction of three modified Krivak III class (also known as Talwar class) guided missile frigates for India in 2006. The first frigate, INS Teg, joined the Indian Navy on April 27.
The second frigate, The Tarkash, was commissioned on November 9 and sailed from Baltiysk to India on November 17.
The last in the series of three frigates, The Trikand, currently undergoes dock trials and after it completes sea trials in the Baltic Sea will join the Indian Navy in the summer of 2013.
The new frigates are each armed with eight BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.
They are also equipped with a 100-mm gun, a Shtil surface-to-air missile system, two Kashtan air-defense gun/missile systems, two twin 533-mm torpedo launchers, and an antisubmarine warfare (ASW) helicopter.
Russia previously built three Talwar class frigates for India - INS Talwar (Sword), INS Trishul (Trident), and INS Tabar (Axe).
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- shanksinhaSuccessful Program20:22, 30/12/2012Krivak modified ships are versatile, affordable yet capable platforms, that can have an important role to play for both Indian and Russian Navies. India could order a batch of three more ships and Russia could order more as a fall back in case the Gorshkov frigates are delayed. These modern multi role ships are ideal for both sea lane patrolling and pack a potent war time punch. The construction program for six Indian ships and four Admiral Grigorovich ships has already revitalized both Baltiysky Zavod and Yantar shipyards.
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