- Recently, a Russian company informed that the first of two additional Krivak class stealth frigates being built by Russia is expected to be delivered to India in the middle of 2023.
- Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA): a $1-billion deal for the direct purchase was signed in 2016 between Russia and India along with two other frigates to be built in India by the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
- It will also result in the transfer of technology to India and promote make in India.
- The first two frigates will be built in Yantar Shipyard, in Kaliningrad, Russia.
- In India, the other two will be built in GSL.
Definition of Frigate
- Frigates are a type of warship. In different eras, ships classified as frigates have had very varied roles and capabilities.
- For example, after the 2nd World War, while some navies have regarded frigates as principally large ocean-going anti-submarine warfare (ASW) combatants, others have used the term to describe ships that are otherwise recognizable as corvettes, destroyers, and even nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers.
About Talwar stealth frigates
- Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates are a series of frigates and guard ships (patrol boats) built in the Soviet Union, primarily for the Soviet Navy since 1970.
- The new Talwar stealth frigates will be similar in terms of engines and armament configuration with the Yantar’s last three frigates – INS Teg, Tarkash, and Trikand.
Application of the Talwar stealth frigates
- Their primary application is to accomplish a wide variety of naval missions such as finding and eliminating enemy submarines and large surface ships.
- Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates will be armed with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.
- It is a multi-role stealth frigate and has participated in many exercises conducted in the Indian Ocean.
Armaments on the Talwar stealth frigates
|Aircraft carried||· 1 x Ka-28 Helix-A,
· Ka-31 Helix B or HAL Dhruv helicopter