India Receives Second Stealth Missile Frigate

Ria Novosti
Monday, December 31, 2012
INS Talwar-class Frigate: Photo credit Wiki CCL

The frigate 'Tarkash' built for India at the Yantar Shipyard in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad has arrived at the port of Mumbai.

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 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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