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Russia to Deliver 2 Guided-Missile Frigates to India by 2024

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Russia to Deliver 2 Guided-Missile Frigates to India by 2024

The Indian Navy will take delivery of two Project 1135.6P/M guided-missile frigates in the first half of 2024, according to the Russian defense industry.

Russia to Deliver 2 Guided-Missile Frigates to India by 2024
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Russia’s Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad will deliver the first two modified Admiral Grigorovich-class (Project 1135.6P/M) guided-missile frigates to the Indian Navy in the first half of 2024, according to the Federal Service for Technical and Military Cooperation (FSTMC).

“In accordance with the existing work schedule agreed by the sides, the Project 11356 frigates under construction at the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad are due to be delivered to the Indian Navy by the end of the first half of 2024,” the FSTMC’s press office said in a statement released at the DefExpo international arms show in India on February 6.

Under an intergovernmental agreement concluded between India and Russia in October 2016, two frigates are to be built at the Yantar shipyard, while two additional frigates will be assembled at India’s state-owned Goa shipyard with technical support from Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC).

The two countries signed a contract for the delivery of the first batch of two Admiral Grigorovich-class guided-missile frigates in October 2018. A follow-on contract for construction of the second batch of frigates in India was inked in January 2019. The deal is estimated to be worth over $2.5 billion. 

The Goa shipyard is currently being upgraded to accommodate work on the warships. “In order to build the ships, it is necessary to further equip the Indian shipyard, develop and deliver the necessary documentation and train Indian specialists, including in the process of building the ships at the Russian shipyard,” FSTMC said. 

As I reported last year, work on two modified Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates has already begun. All four guided-missile frigates are expected to be delivered to the Indian Navy by 2026.

Admiral Grigorovich-class ships are an upgraded variant of the six Talwar-class frigates that Russia built for the Indian Navy between 2003 and 2013. As I reported in 2019:

The frigates will be armed with the BrahMos cruise missile system fired from an eight-cell 3S-14E under-deck launcher. The two-stage BrahMos missile — named after the Brahmaputra River in India and the Moskva River in Russia – is a derivative of the Russian-made P-800 Oniks over-the-horizon supersonic anti-ship cruise missile.

In July 2018, Indian defense firm Larsen & Toubro (L&T)  has also unveiled a quadruple canisterized inclined launcher for the BrahMos missile for Indian Navy surface warships. The ships of the class will also carry vertical-launched 3M-54 Kalibr missiles. The 3M-54 Kalibr is Russian-made stand-off supersonic anti-ship cruise missile. Other armaments include a 100-millimeter A-190 naval cannon, 533-millimeter heavyweight torpedoes, and anti-submarine rockets. The frigates also feature a flight deck to carry a helicopter for anti-submarine warfare missions.

India is expected to procure two M90FR gas turbine engines, designed and built by Zorya-Mashproekt, directly from Ukraine for the two frigates built in Goa. While Russia’s defense industry has been tasked with building copies of the M90FR gas turbine engine as a result of the Ukraine sanctions from 2014, a new engine is not expected to be ready before 2020.