India Interested In Russian Project 11661 Gepard-Class Frigates

Moscow and New Delhi have started consultations on the potential construction of frigates for India on the basis of the Russian Project 11661 Gepard-3.9 frigate, the FlotProm online media organization reported.

“The talks began in the winter of 2018 in India and are at the initial stage. Consultations were held as part of the work of the bilateral intergovernmental commission and were attended by representatives of the [Russian] Industry and Trade Ministry and Russian shipbuilders,” the media organization reported with reference to a source in the Russian defense industry. “The number of ships, their versions and the area of their construction have not been chosen yet,” the media organization said. “A propulsion unit for the ships was on the agenda. India has not chosen the producer of the engines for the frigate yet,” the media organization reported.

The Project 11661 Gepard-3.9 frigate is designed to patrol the state maritime border and the economic zone, support maritime operations and be present in areas of national interest. Read More…

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