Russia to deliver first stealth frigate by mid-2023

Editor1 Sep 20 2021 Current Affairs

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, pursuant to the head of United Shipbuilding Corporation of Russia.

In October 2016, India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for four Krivak or Talwar class stealth frigates — two to be procured directly from Russia and two to be built by the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) — after which a $1-billion deal was signed for the direct purchase.

A per the Russian source, the frigates built are aimed to operate both Indian and Russian equipments.

The basic structures of two frigates are already ready at the Yantar shipyard in Russia which are now being completed.

Indian Navy currently operates six Krivak class frigates weighing around 4,000 tonnes procured in two different batches.

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