Monday, December 31, 2012

India Receives the Fifth Talwar Class Frigate From Russia

The INS Tarkash has arrived in Mumbai after leaving Russia on November 17.  It is the second Talwar class out of 3 that are to be delivered as part of a $1.6 billion contract signed in 2006.

This contract was preceded by a first batch of 3 similar frigates consisting of the INS Talwar, INS Trishul and INS Tabar. The Talwar class is based on the Krivak III class frigate.

The Indian Navy received its predecessor, INS Teq, on April 27. The third, the Trikand, is currently undergoing trials in the Baltic Sea and will be delivered to India in the summer of 2013.

This Talwar class is equipped with:
  • eight supersonic Brahmos (second batch) or Klub (first batch) anti-ship cruise missiles
  • a 100 mm A-190 dual purpose gun
  • the Shtil-1 air defense system with 24 surface-to-air missiles
  • two Kashtan Close-In Weapon Systems (first batch) or AK-630 (second batch)
  • two dual 533 mm torpedo launchers
  • a single Ka-28 anti-submarine warfare helicopter
The second batch is expected to be fitted with the Barak missile defense system once they arrive in India.

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