• Recently, the Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff has inaugurated the construction of the second frigate of the Krivak or Talwar class.
  • The construction of the first ship was laid in January, 2021. It would be delivered in 2026 and the second ship after six months.

Important points:

  • The Krivak class stealth ships are being built with technology transfer from Russia by Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL) under ‘Make in India’. Engines for the ships are supplied by Ukraine.
  • In October 2016, India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for four Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates.
  • The first two frigates will be built in Yantar Shipyard, in Kaliningrad, Russia. The following two will be built in GSL.
  • The new Krivak frigates will have the same engines and armament configuration as Yantar’s last three frigates – INS Teg, Tarkash and Trikand. These will be armed with BrahMos anti-ship and land attack missiles.
  • They are primarily used to accomplish a wide variety of naval missions such as finding and eliminating enemy submarines and large surface ships.

India-Russia Defence Relation

  • Defence cooperation is an important pillar of the India-Russia strategic partnership.
  • The two Defence Ministers meet annually, alternately in Russia and India, to discuss and review the status of ongoing projects and other issues of military technical cooperation.
  • As India has been spreading its supplier base with Israel, US and France, Russia still remains a major supplier.
  • The two sides are successfully moving towards the implementation of an AK-203 rifle contract and 200 Ka-226T utility helicopter supplies.
  • According to a paper published by Stimson Center, 86% of the equipment, weapons and platforms currently in military service in India are of Russian origin.


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