Moscow: The final trials of a new Talwar
class stealth frigate for the Indian Navy has been completed
The frigate, whose testing was held at the Yantar
shipyard in Russia`s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, is armed
with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, Ria Novosti reported.
Russia and India signed a USD 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, the Teg, was scheduled for delivery in
April 2011, but funding shortfalls have delayed the work, the
Two other Talwar class frigates, the Tarkash and the
Trikand, are at various stages of construction and testing at
the Yantar shipyard, and their delivery dates are unknown.
The three 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-defence
gun/missile systems, two twin 533-mm torpedo launchers, and an
antisubmarine warfare (ASW) helicopter.
Russia has previously built three Talwar class frigates
for India - INS Talwar (Sword), INS Trishul (Trident), and INS