On Tuesday (20 November), India and Russia signed a $500 million deal for the construction of two stealth frigates at the Goa Shipyard. A nearly $1 billion deal to import two other such frigates, which have been built in Russia, was inked in October this year.
These deals, signed at an interval of nearly four weeks, are part of an inter-governmental agreement that New Delhi reached with Moscow in 2016 for the procurement of four Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates.
Three Grigorovich-class frigates (Project 11356) are already in service with Russia’s Black Sea fleet. The Russian Ministry of Defence had signed two contracts between 2010 and 2011 for the construction of six Project 11356 frigates.
The keel of the first ship in the series, Admiral Grigorovich, was laid down in December 2010 and the vessel was floated out of dry-dock in March 2014. Two more ships of the remaining five were launched by 2015. The other three, however, remain dry the Yantar Shipyard in Russia’s Kaliningrad. Read More